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Vaughan thanks fans after getting top award
3:40pm Wednesday 2nd May 2012 in Harriers
DEFENDER Lee Vaughan thanked the Harriers fans after being voted player of the 2011-12 season.
The 25-year-old received his award, which was decided by supporters, after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Mansfield in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Vaughan gathered the plaudits for a season where he managed to consistently perform throughout the campaign.
The right-back was also Harriers’ most creative player with eight assists.
Vaughan, who has made 40 starts for the Aggborough outfit, said: “It’s really nice to have your efforts recognised by the fans and I hope I have been able to give something back over the season.
“This is my second year of as a full-time footballer and it’s my best one so far, I think I’ve managed to be consistent.
He went onto joke: “I made a really good start to the season. The match sponsors named me man-of-the-match four or five times early on and I was given so much champagne my mum’s become an alcoholic!”
There was also a welcome appearance by striker Jamille Matt for the first time since he was put on leave to deal with his immigration issues.
The 21-year-old, who scored 14 goals before his campaign was cut short in February, was named junior fans’ player of the season.
Manager Steve Burr accepted the aways fans’ player of the year accolade on behalf of striker Anthony Malbon, who had been taken to hospital.
The 21-year-old has made an immediate impact since signing from Newcastle Town in January and scored on his debut at Alfreton.
Academy player Paul Hurrell was named junior player of the year and dedicated kitman Adrian Ganderton received the clubman of the year award.