Romain Vincelot wins Daggers’ ‘Player of the Year’ award
Frenchman given top honour, while Mark Arber took second place and Scott Doe was third.
Daggers midfielder Romain Vincelot has been crowned the club’s ‘Player of the Year’ for the 2010-11 season.
The 25-year-old Frenchman has netted 12 goals this season, including 10 with his head, and received his award following Saturday’s home win over Carlisle, following in the footsteps of previous winners Tony Roberts, Paul Benson and Anwar Uddin.
Vincelot, rumoured to be on the transfer wish-list of several Championship clubs, was delighted with his honour and is determined to cap a fantastic season by helping Daggers to stay in League One with a positive result at Peterborough.
“I’m very pleased to have won the award,” he said.
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“I want to thank everyone who gave it to me and I just hope now we will finish the job properly. It will be a great achievement if we do it next Saturday.
“I hope that everyone will be behind us for the last one, because it could be a big achievement.”
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Skipper Mark Arber took the second place trophy and fellow defender Scott Doe was third.
Arber felt first place would be a close contest between top-scorer Danny Green and Vincelot, but hailed the Frenchman as a worthy winner of the top prize.
“I don’t think Romain’s missed a game all year and I know how difficult that is because I’ve done it myself,” said Arber.
“It does take its toll on your body, he’s a foreign lad who’s come into the game and he’s adapted.
“We’ve created him into what he is, he has become a Dagger and there will be a lot of interest in him in the summer, but he deserves that. Personal awards get you noticed. “I’m not in that position. I’m 33 and just looking to extend my career. My own rewards will be earning new contracts and going on and on at this football club, but it’s a well deserved award and he’s played a pivotal part in what we’ve done.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur trainee has made 160 appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge and was named ‘Player of the Year’ in the club’s 2009-10 successful promotion campaign.
The modest skipper was delighted with his latest accolade, but felt there were more worthy recipients of this year’s runners-up trophy than him.
“I don’t want to say I’m embarrassed, obviously I have my own opinions and the board and the directors have theirs,” he said.
“Its great to get an award, I won Player of the Year last year in a promotion season and was team captain at Wembley, so it was great.
“Greeny’s (Danny Green) got 13 goals and 12 assists, so I feel he was a little bit unlucky and I feel Abu’s (Ogogo) probably been our unsung hero. He does his job week in week out, so I think there were other people who may have been more deserving. That’s my honest opinion.
“In saying that it’s great to get awards, it shows you’re doing something right and it also shows that being the captain of the side and leader of the side is being appreciated and I am doing my job right.”