Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nosworthy Eyes a Bigger Prize

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nosworthy Eyes a Bigger Prize

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

A thrilled Nyron Nosworthy last night outlined his determination to lead Sunderland to promotion after appreciative supporters on Wearside voted the popular defender the club's Player of the Year.

The 26-year-old will receive his prize before tonight's important Championship fixture against Burnley but, although he will be a delighted recipient, Nosworthy knows there is more significant silverware still waiting to be won.

The Londoner's solid performances alongside Jonny Evans have been the foundation on which the club's Premiership challenge has been built, with the pair having been in fine form since first forming a dependable partnership in January. Evans has also been rewarded for his role in the Roy Keane revolution, with the talented teenager confirmed as the winner of Sunderland's Young Player of the Year award. But both are aware that such accolades will count for nothing should the Black Cats fail to land the sole prize that matters this summer.

"It's a great honour, I'm delighted with the award and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me," said Nosworthy (pictured), who polled almost twice as many votes as captain Dean Whitehead, who came second in the voting, and Carlos Edwards, who was third. "I just try to give it my best and for the fans to vote for me is great.

"Sunderland's fans have always been great with me, and I appreciate it, their support means a lot. It has been a good season so far but we want to make it a special one and win promotion, and we have two massive games left."

The Black Cats will recover their Premiership status should both be won, although promotion could be sealed this weekend if Keane's side beat Steve Cotterill's tonight and Derby lose at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The club's fate is in their hands but Keane has warned his players that all that has been achieved this season will count for nothing should the Wearsiders fail to take their opportunities.

"It will mean much more if we win promotion," admitted Evans, who beat Grant Leadbitter and Danny Simpson in a poll conducted via the club's official website to cap an excellent breakthrough season with an individual accolade none could dispute. …

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