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David McGoldrick Wins FAI Player of the Year

David McGoldrick Wins FAI Player of the Year

Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick has been named the Senior Men's Player of the Year in the 'Three' FAI International Awards.

The striker was nominated for the first time alongside Glenn Whelan and Enda Stevens.

McGoldrick played 529 minutes for Ireland last year, scoring once against Switzerland at the Aviva.

In terms of his club career, the former Ipswich Town man was instrumental in helping Chris Wilder's side cement their Premier League status.

After waiting to open his Premier League account, McGoldrick scored his first top flight goals in a 3-0 win for the Blades against Chelsea.

Speaking about the win, McGoldrick said: "I was surprised, you know I think there's a lot of players that could have got it over this qualifying campaign and the other games. I think there's a wealth of experience and young talented players with Ireland, it's a real honour and privilege to win this award of ahead of them.

"Having a manager that trusts you and selects me to play has been great. In previous years, I've been in and out and not really getting consistent game time, and rightfully so. Winning it ahead of Enda Stevens and Glenn Whelan, I'm proud of myself for that.

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"It has been a bit of a crazy year. It went really fast and with COVID, things are just weirder. Playing in the Premier League, the games come fast but my performances were good and I finally got my goal. Obviously, my international goal came earlier in the season which gave me massive confidence. Altogether, it has been a crazy and weird season with all the stuff that's happening in the world," he said.

Preston's Alan Browne won the Young Player of the Year award, while Louise Quinn received the women's honour.

Troy Parrott, who recently signed for Championship side Millwall on loan from Tottenham, won the International Goal of the Year award for his strike against Sweden's U21s during the European Championship qualifying campaign.

You can view McGoldrick's speech in full here.

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