Stevenage Player Of The Year: Danny Newton

PUBLISHED: 17:45 08 May 2018

Danny Newton celebrates scoring at the Lamex. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Newton celebrates scoring at the Lamex. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Danny Newton was the big winner at Stevenage’s end of season awards event, taking home three awards after an fantastic first season in League Two.

Danny Newton brings the ball forward in the match against Cambridge United. Picture: Danny LooDanny Newton brings the ball forward in the match against Cambridge United. Picture: Danny Loo

The battling forward was awarded BoroChat Player of the Year, Supporters Association Player of the Year and the Players Player of the Year after a superb 16-goal season at the Lamex.

Newton said: “I never would have thought it was possible.

“I just wanted to try and get in the team, that was my first and main goal when I joined.

“As the season went on I grew in confidence and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve just tried to get better as the season went on.”

Danny Newton gets a shot away to the near post. Picture: Danny LooDanny Newton gets a shot away to the near post. Picture: Danny Loo

Newton spent the season at war with opposition defences, often leaving the field momentarily while bloodied and bravely re-entering the battle to continue directing flick on’s towards the strikers.

Newton said: “I try and give everything I can every game. I will play through anything and I just try to impose myself on the opposition.

“I will do whatever I can to get on the pitch because I enjoy being out there.

“I think I have put in the hard work, but like I said everything has fallen perfectly.”

Newton was particularly pleased to receive the player’s player award, as he received recognition from those he battled so hard for.

He added: “That’s the one that means the most. To be acknowledged by your teammates is what it’s all about

“They have been brilliant with me. They really are a great bunch of lads. It’s been a blast.

“Obviously things have not gone for us, but we know what we are capable of and there are plenty of positives to take into next year.”

Newton’s season had countless highlights and he struggled to pick a favourite from his spectacular stikes, but one stood out to him.

“I would have to say in the FA Cup against Swindon, that is my favourite goal.

“It was frustrating for me at the time. We played Cambridge the Saturday before and I picked up a little knock.

“I wasn’t in the team and I was gutted because it’s the FA Cup but coming on and scoring that goal where I ran from the halfway line was massive for me and it kick-started my time here again.

“I think it won Goal of the Round on the BBC and it was just a really special moment.”

Ben Wilmot stepped up to take the Young Player of the Year Award - a new title named in honour of Lee “Pitbull” Evans, an avid Stevenage supporter who sadly passed away last year - for outstanding performances which attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs.

Mark McKee ran both Ben and Danny close in their respective awards, but the night belonged to Newton.

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