Davis named Northern Ireland Player of the Year

By SFC Media Mon 27 Mar Steven Davis

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has been named as Vauxhall Northern Ireland Player of the Year for the second successive year.

The Saints and Northern Ireland captain topped the public vote to claim the award ahead of his teammates after a memorable 2016.

After being instrumental in helping to secure the Green and White Army’s first major tournament appearance since 1986, Davis was a major force as Northern Ireland reached the knockout stages in France.

Davis has been a key part of the national team since his debut in 2005, and is fourth on the list of all-time appearances with 92 caps.

After receiving the trophy from Vauxhall competition winner Stan Kee, Davis expressed his pride at receiving the award for the second year running.

“It’s an honour to be named Vauxhall Northern Ireland Player of the Year, especially after the fantastic year that we had,” said Davis.

“It’s great to be recognised by our loyal supporters and I am hugely thankful to each and every one of them for voting.

“We have put ourselves in a decent position in our qualifying group for the next major competition and it is up to us to build on the success that we had in 2016.”

Andrew Curley, Head of Sponsorship and Events at Vauxhall, said: “Steven has had a great year in leading his country to success on the field, and he thoroughly deserves his award.

“We are proud of what Northern Ireland have achieved and we look forward to continuing our support in 2017.”

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