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Academy products scoop Player of the Season awards around EFL

Former Royals Academy graduates honoured elsewhere

17 May 2019

While the Royals honoured their fifth Academy graduate to win the club's Player of the Season award in Andy Rinomhota - other Academy graduates were making their presence felt at their current clubs.

Rinomhota follows in fine footsteps, with Shane Long, Gylfi Sigurðsson, Alex Pearce and Jordan Obita all coming through Reading's youth ranks to claim the club's most prestigious individual prize.

While not all the 52 players to graduate to our first team are still at the club, we were delighted to see how well our Academy products have been doing in their current surroundings - with several earning end-of-season awards.

Jack Stacey

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Such has been Jack Stacey's influence at Luton Town this season, he added to his Young Player of the Year award from 2017-18 by winning the Hatters' Player of the Season award, as Luton were promoted from League One as champions.

Stacey has played his part in two successive promotions for Luton, with the Hatters now set to take on the Royals next season in the Sky Bet Championship.

The 23-year-old has been almost ever-present in playing for Luton since he joined the League Two side permanently back in the summer of 2017, and has been rewarded for his performances with this season's Player of the Season award. 

Stacey made his Royals debut off the bench as a late substitute against Ipswich Town in the summer of 2014, and we'll be welcoming him back to Madejski Stadium as an opposing player next season.

Michael Hector

Former Royals centre-back, Michael Hector has been a standout performer while on loan from Chelsea at Sheffield Wednesday this season.

The 26-year-old was a pillar at the back for Steve Bruce's side in the Championship this season, and such was his popularity among their supporters, he won 42% of the fan-led vote for Player of the Season.

Twice a Player of the Month with the Owls in 2018-19, Hector earned the Player of the Season award with the club, as well as a further five awards from supporters' associations and local media.

Simon Cox

Another Academy product to earn the Player of the Season award at his current club, Simon Cox produced a fantastic season in League One to help keep the Shrimpers in the third tier.

Cox, 32, scored 17 times for Southend this term, and his prowess in front of goal not only earned him their Player of the Season accolade, he was also recognised among his teammates as Southend's Players' Player of the Season.


Dominic Hyam

While he didn't make a senior appearance as a Royal, former Academy player, Dominic Hyam was the recipient of three end-of-season awards for League One side, Coventry City.

The 23-year-old was a regular in our youth ranks, before departing the Royals in 2017 after a string of loan spells in the lower leagues.

He has since become a key member of the Sky Blues' side, however, and took home their awards for Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season.

Gylfi Sigurðsson 

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While Everton's Player of the Season award went to defender, Lucas Digne, another Academy graduate to earn an award was Gylfi Sigurðsson.

The Iceland international took home the Toffees' Goal of the Season gong for a wonderstrike against Leicester City back in October this season, beating a volley from Digne against Manchester United and a strike from Andre Gomes against Wolves.


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