Billy Kee says he is honoured to be crowned SkyBet League Two Player of the Year – with John Coleman announced as the overall EFL Manager of the Year.
Kee has scored 23 goals this season for the table-topping Reds and he beat Wycombe’s Ade Akinfenwa and Cheltenham striker Mohamed Eisa to secure the top prize for League Two at a glittering ceremony in London.
Coleman had already been named League Two Manager of the Year, after a vote from the League Two managers, and was also crowned overall manager of the Team of the Year, which included Kee.
Sean McConville was also named in the League Two Team of the Year.
“It is an honour,” said Kee, 27. “I don’t win awards by myself though, it’s about all the lads. It’s the lads at the back who keep clean sheets and make me look good.
“It’s about Sean McConville and Jordan Clark who put balls on my head and Kayden Jackson who has all the pace and has scored 15 goals this season, without penalties.
“It has been a whirlwind season and we just want to get over the line now with promotion.”
Coleman said: “Billy has been fantastic for us this season and a real asset to the squad we have assembled here. He is a good lad and the goals he has continually scored this season has proved his quality.”
Assistant manager Jimmy Bell praised Kee and Coleman.
“It’s absolutely massive for the club to win awards like this and it puts us in the spotlight. Both John and Billy have done magnificently. Billy has led the line all season, he has spoken openly about his problems and he has come through it and fully deserves the accolade.
“They will be the first to say though it’s not about them but about the team and everyone behind the scenes. It’s been a real club effort.”