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Gerrard wins player of the season

Anthony Gerrard
Gerrard has been player of the year twice in three seasons (Getty)

Walsall defender Anthony Gerrard says he is thrilled to be named the supporters' player of the season.

The 21-year-old played a key part in helping the Saddlers go close to winning a League One play-off place in their first season after promotion.

"It's a nice achievement to win, overall I think I've had a successful season," Gerrard told BBC WM.

"It's nice to put on the mantelpiece, I've won it twice in three years now so I must be doing something right."

Gerrard has made 49 first-team appearances this season, scoring three goals, and has now played more than 100 league games for the Saddlers since arriving from Everton.

Although the season has ended in disappointment with the resignation of manager Richard Money, Gerrard believes it has been a decent year for Walsall after stepping up from League Two.

"A lot of teams struggle when they come into a new league, but we've shown we can handle it and punched far beyond our weight," he said.

Welsh Under-21 international midfielder Mark Bradley was named the Saddlers' young player of the year.

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