BARNSLEY: Surgery then award for keeper Luke Steele

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GOALKEEPER Luke Steele has won the club’s Player of the Year award.

And defenders Jimmy McNulty and John Stones, as well as midfielder Jacob Butterfield, all scooped acolades at the club’s annual awards at the Brooklands Hotel.

Steele has had an impressive season for the Reds before injury ended his Championship campaign. Steele had a minor operation for a groin injury last week.

“It was a big shock to win this, it’s really appreciated,” said Steele. “Thanks for everyone who voted for me. This year we’ve dug in and pulled out some great results. We’ll need to continue that next season.”

New summer signing McNulty received his award from fellow defender Bobby Hassell. “It’s great because my teammates have voted for it. which means a lot” he said.

“Over the last few years I’ve had some bad injuries and it’s been difficult, but over the last year I’ve played over 40 games and been delighted with my season.”

Director Barry Taylor presented Butterfield with his award in a season which saw the former Academy scholar handed the club captaincy and called up by England U21s before injury curtailed his season. Butterfield has been linked with a move to a Premier club when his contract expires at the end of the season.