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Sunderland striker Defoe proud to be named North East Football Writers’ Player of the Year

Monday, 13 February 2017 00:10
Sunderland stars: Young Player of the Year Jordan Pickford and Player of the Year Jermain Defoe pick up their awards at the North East Football Writers' annual presentation tonight. Sunderland stars: Young Player of the Year Jordan Pickford and Player of the Year Jermain Defoe pick up their awards at the North East Football Writers' annual presentation tonight.

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.

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/sunderland-striker-defoe-proud-to-be-named-north-east-football-writers-player-of-the-year-1-8386116

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