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"Surprised but delighted"

12 May 2017

Goalkeeper on Player of the Year accolade

Glenn Morris says that he was surprised but delighted to win the club's Player of the Year award for the 2016/17 season on Saturday evening.

The goalkeeper beat James Collins in second position, with the majority of the votes from supporters and conceded the accolade did come as a shock.

“It was a surprise to be honest – I didn’t think I’d win," admitted the goalkeeper.


“When someone scores 20+ goals a season like James (Collins) did then more often than not they win Player of the Year – I certainly voted that way in the Players’ Player category and so just assumed that that would be the case.


"It’s great though and it really was a shock."

The former Gillingham man joined the Reds 12 months ago as a player-coach as he became one of many new faces to come into the club last summer. 

But since making his debut for the club in the 2-0 win at home to Luton Town in October, he hasn't looked back and has been a near enough ever-present face in the league since the win over the Hatters.


“It’s probably fair to say the season as a whole hasn’t panned out quite how I imagined," he continued.


"I still had hopes to play - you always do, but I really didn’t think it was come about the way it did.

"I ended up playing over 40 games this season and I never saw that happening.


"You couldn’t make it up really – joining as a goalkeeping coach and end up winning the Player of the Year award."

He was also keen to pay tribute to the former management duo of Dermot Drummy and Matt Gray, when asked about the contract extension he signed at the beginning of March - a deal that keeps him with the club until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.


"The new contract shows I’m settled here and I have to mention Dermot and Matt for bringing me here and then giving me the opportunity.


"They had faith in me and I was rewarded with a new deal that they pushed – I’m settled and I’ve got two more years here and I’m looking forward to it."

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