AKIN Odimayo has been crowned as the Swindon Advertiser’s STFC player of the year for 2020-21.

The versatile defender won with 35 per cent of the 2000-strong vote online, with Official Supporters Club winner Jack Payne coming in a close second.

Scott Twine finished third, ahead of former loanee Matt Smith and top scorer, Brett Pitman.

Odimayo follows in the footsteps of previous legendary Adver Sport player-of-the-year winners such as Don Rogers, Colin Calderwood, and Fraser Digby.

The 21-year-old was experiencing his first full season as a professional, but took to it like a duck to water with a series of highly impressive and consistent displays across the first half of the season.

Injuries and regularly changing position threated to throw him off his game in 2021, but Odimayo came back to show good character and perform to a high level more often than not.

After being announced as the winner on the OSC’s End of Season Awards on Tuesday night, Odimayo expressed his gratitude towards everyone who voted.

He said: “I’m very grateful to get this award and to everyone who has voted for me.

“But it’s one of those where the way the season has gone, you just look back and wish you could have done more to keep us up. But I’m very grateful for the award, so thank you.

“The way the fans have taken to me, I appreciate that so much because it has helped. The positive messages I’ve received have been good.”

Odimayo is one of two players that is said to have a one-year extension clause – held by the club – in his previous contract, with Brett Pitman being in the same position.

The young defender did not want to speak about his future too much, instead preferring to focus on how difficult he found regularly switching positions this term. Though he did thank Anthony Grant for the role the experienced midfielder played in helping him adapt.

Odimayo said: “I don’t really know where my future lies, but if I do stay at Swindon I’d continue to give it 100 per cent.

“I’ve found myself playing in different positions and in different formations throughout the season, so it was quite difficult to keep adapting to playing with different players.

“Ideally, you want to get used to the players around you so you can build a stronger relationship with them.

“We went with five at the back where I was playing right wing-back sometimes, and other times I was playing centre-back – it was quite difficult to get used to it.”