West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jason Koumas has been named the Championship player of the year at the second Football League Awards in London.
Wales and West Brom midfielder Koumas has been in prime form
The Welshman, who looked certain to leave the club in the summer in a controversial move to Cardiff, has been instrumental for the Baggies this term.
Preston's David Nugent took second and Southampton's Gareth Bale was third.
Scunthorpe's Billy Sharp won the League One award with MK Dons forward Izale McLeod taking the League Two prize.
Wales and Saints left-back Bale, 17, was also named the league's best young player.
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Koumas said: "It's a surprise and a wonderful honour.
"It is even more pleasing that the West Brom fans value my worth in the team."
And he issued his thanks to the club's supporters for getting behind him after his move to the Bluebirds fell through.
"It could have gone the other way, but, since I returned to the club in the summer, the fans have really got behind me," he said.
After winning his award, Bale added: "I was delighted just to be nominated but it never really occurred to me that I would win.
"I know I still have a lot to learn so to get this is very special."
The full list of winners:
Championship Player of the Year - Jason Koumas (West Brom)
League One Player of the Year - Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe)
League Two Player of the Year - Izale McLeod (MK Dons)
The Football League Young Player of the Year - Gareth Bale (Southampton)
Championship Apprentice Award - Chris Gunter (Cardiff)
League One Apprentice - Joe Skarz (Huddersfield)
League Two Apprentice - Joe Thompson (Rochdale)
Goal of the Year - Joe Ledley (Barnsley v Cardiff, 5 Aug 2006)
Community Club of the Year - Brighton
Best Community Initiative - Norwich City
Best Club Sponsorship - Brentford
Best Club Marketing Campaign - Norwich City
Best Matchday Programme - Colchester United
Best Use of New Media - Cardiff City
Best Kit Design - Burnley (away kit)
Best Away Ground - Stadium of Light (Sunderland)
Fan of the Year - Stan McGowen (Bury)
Contribution to League Football - Jack Taylor
Good Sport Award - Chris Doig (Northampton)