IRISH players continue to figure prominently in the end-of-season awards with Ciaran Clark the latest to receive the plaudits.
The 21-year-old was voted joint winner of the players’ young player of the year at Aston Villa after a season in which he established himself as a first-team regular and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland.
Clark has lined out at centre-back, centre midfield, and left-back at Villa Park and has found the net twice against Arsenal and a last minute equaliser away to Chelsea.
The former captain of England at U18 and U20 level, Clark declared his allegiance to Ireland in October 2010 thanks to Richard Dunne’s persuasion.
He made his debut in the Carling Nations’ Cup win over Wales in February.
Clark was named Aston Villa’s joint player’s young player of the year along with Marc Albrighton.