Ledger voted best player

Sean St Ledger is the best, according to Preston North End fans and his Deepdale team-mates.

The centre-half picked up the club's Player of the Year award at a ceremony at Deepdale last night, with the PNE squad also voting him their Players' Player of the Year.

It completed a clean sweep of awards for the 23-year-old, who was also honoured by three supporters' groups last weekend.

He was named Player of the Year by the Preston Supporters' Group, the PNE Official Supporters' Club and PNE On-Line. St Ledger now hopes to round off the season by winning his fitness battle to play in the final game at Bristol City on Sunday.

He missed last week's 2-2 draw against Ipswich because of a hamstring strain, an injury which looked set to bring his campaign to a slightly premature end.

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But the former Peterborough defender surprisingly returned to training earlier in the week and will be looking to prove his fitness to Alan Irvine ahead of the trip to the West Country.

Last night's awards bash also saw Darren Carter carry off the Goal of the Season gong for his 30-yard stunner against Leicester at the Walkers Stadium in March.

And left-back Matt Hill won the Community Icon of the Year trophy for his work away from the football pitch.

Meanwhile, Alan Irvine is ready to strengthen his squad over the summer months after securing the signature of Lewis Neal for a further year.

"It is going to be a busy summer and we've a lot of hard work ahead," said Irvine.

"I was delighted to have got Lewis Neal signed up because he is an excellent player and he gives us many other options."

Full story in Thursday's Evening Post

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