Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'll Get Better, Insists Player of the Century; Pools Notes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'll Get Better, Insists Player of the Century; Pools Notes

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Byline: By ADAM STEEL

RITCHIE Humphreys insists he can still get better despite sweeping the boards at Hartlepool's annual awards ceremony this week.

The Pools skipper was named Player of the Century and Supporters' Player of the Year in a special ceremony that marked 100 years at Victoria Park.

Fans' favourite Humphreys was overwhelmed after pipping Wattie Moore - previously named the best ever Pools player in a PFA poll - to the honour.

"It was surreal," said the 30-year-old left-back. "There was a lot of things I wish I had said, but under the lights it was quite emotional.

"When you think of all the names that have been mentioned like Wattie Moore, Ken Johnson, Jackie Honour, Micky Barron, Adam Boyd and Tommy Miller, it is just incredible.

"There are players who I have played with who have got so much more ability than I have so to get nominated is just incredible.

"To win player of the century was just out of this world."

But Humphreys feels he has plenty of room for improvement after revealing he has been dissatisfied with parts of his season.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man, who came off with a knock to his knee in Pools' final day draw at Walsall last Saturday, said: "My season has been mixed really overall.

"I'm not totally happy. I think I could have contributed more this season in terms of when I've been in the back four keeping clean sheets.

"And when I've played in midfield getting forward more and creating more and set plays could have been better.

"There are always areas to improve. I'm happy to have played obviously a majority of the games again in whatever position.

"But always on a Monday morning when you go back into work you strive to improve and keep improving in certain areas.

"If I'm playing in the back four I have to improve my heading and my one against ones and from an attacking point of view practice on my crossing, things like that. …

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