Jermain Defoe has spoken of his pride after being crowned the North East Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Defoe’s efforts were recognised at a star-studded event in Durham tonight and he dedicated his award to the Sunderland fanbase.
The 34-year-old’s goals helped Sunderland towards Premier League safety last season and is the leading light again this campaign, with 14 goals as they again battle to beat the drop.
It was a good night for Wearside as England Under-21 international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford collected the Young Player of the Year, while England Ladies skipper Steph Houghton, from South Hetton, was the Women’s Player of the Year.
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