IT’S time for the fans to vote for their Swindon Advertiser STFC Player of the Year 2013/14.
Town have exceeded many expectations this season, defying many early predictions of a relegation scrap to stay in touch with League One’s top six for much of the campaign, reaching the area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and the third round of the League Cup in the process.
Over the course of the term there have been several outstanding individual performances from a variety of players, many of whom are enjoying their first full season in the professional game. But who will get your vote?
Will it be on-loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alex Pritchard, whose energetic displays have lit up the division? Pritchard has scored seven goals in 41 appearances for the Robins to date, come up with eight assists and was named the second best player in League One at the recent Football League awards.
Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham will surely run him close.
As if we didn’t already appreciate the shot-stoppers talents in between the sticks, Foderingham returned from a groin injury in March in style and has been a major factor in Town’s run of four victories and just one defeat in their last six matches. He’s pulled off the odd world class save in that time, too.
Yaser Kasim, plucked from non-league obscurity, has reveled in the heart of the Robins’ midfield and quickly established cult hero status in the early months of the campaign.
Alongside him, Massimo Luongo has played almost every minute of every match since joining from Spurs and his bustling runs from the middle of the park have caused many a team some pretty serious headaches over the past eight months.
Defensively, Jay McEveley has had arguably his best season in the red of a Town. His win-at-all-costs mentality has impressed supporters and, while he is still searching for that elusive first Swindon goal, his ability to adapt to a variety of formations with aplomb has been impressive.
Louis and Nathan Thompson, the darlings of the Town youth set-up and terrific adverts for academy football in the region, have been rock solid throughout the campaign, too, with Louis in particular going beyond what was expected of him and notching his first pro goals for the club in two huge home wins against Sheffield United and Brentford.
Had other players – such as Troy Archibald-Henville, Nile Ranger and Nicky Ajose – enjoyed a full year in the first team perhaps they too would be high up in voters’ minds.
Archibald-Henville, after a long injury lay-off, has been dominant at the heart of the Swindon backline, Ranger’s influence up top is undeniable, with Town averaging a point more a game with him in the side, while Ajose endeared himself to fans during his loan spell from Peterborough United with his work ethic and habit of popping up in the right place at the right time.
So now it’s over to you. Voting lines are open until midnight on Tuesday, April 29, and we’ll announce the winner on the morning of the final match of the season – at home to Rotherham United on May 3.
All the players eligible for selection – those who have appeared in 10 or more first-team games prior to today – are listed with their relevant voting numbers. Get voting.
HOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE
HERE’S your chance to win a pair of tickets to Swindon Town’s final game of the season against Rotherham on May 3.
We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away and everyone who votes for the Swindon Advertiser STFC Player of the Year will stand a chance of winning.
Simply cast your vote by either phone or text and you will be entered into a free prize draw where the first 10 names pulled out will win tickets.
You can vote for your player of the year by phone or text.
To vote by phone simply call 0901360 adding the four digits under the player of your choice. To vote by text simply send your text to 80360 starting with STFCPLAYER, leave a space, followed by the four digits under the player of your choice. Calls cost no more than £1.02 per call from a BT landline. Calls from mobiles and some other networks may cost more. Texts cost £1.00 plus your normal operator text charge.
Telephone and text voting lines open today and close at midnight on April 29, 2014. For full terms visit www.newsquest.co.uk/terms. Service provided by Newsquest Media Group. Customer Service : 0207 998 0549.
Nicky Ajose 0849
Troy Archibald-Henville 0850
Jack Barthram 0851
Nathan Byrne 0852
Wes Foderingham 0853
Ben Gladwin 0854
Grant Hall 0855
Ryan Harley 0856
Yaser Kasim 0857
Massimo Luongo 0858
Ryan Mason 0859
Jay McEveley 0860
Dany N’Guessan 0861
Alex Pritchard 0862
Nile Ranger 0863
Raphael Branco 0864
Michael Smith 0865
Miles Storey 0866
Louis Thompson 0867
Nathan Thompson 0868
Darren Ward 0869
Mohamed El Gabas 0870
Alex Smith 0871