There was double joy for Preston North End striker Joe Garner at the Football League awards on Sunday night.
Garner won two awards – named League One player of the year and winning goal of the year for his spectacular strike in last season’s play-off game against Rotherham at Deepdale.
He was up against Bristol City midfielder Luke Freeman and MK Dons’ Dele Alli for the player of the year gong which was voted for by the 24 managers in the division.
The Football League awards were held at The Brewery in London, with former North End winger Danny Mayor – now with Bury – named League Two player of the year.
Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, on loan from Chelsea, was the Championship player of the year, with MK Dons midfielder Alli named the Football League’s young player of the year.
Garner scored his 22nd goal of the campaign in Preston’s 2-2 draw at Port Vale on Friday night, netting from the penalty spot.
Last season he hit 24 goals.
He did not attend the awards ceremony as North End are in training on Monday ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Notts County at Meadow Lane.