Football: Reds old boy in running for top prize

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Ex-Barnsley loanee Danny Drinkwater has been nominated for the Championship Player of the Year award.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who played 18 times for the Reds during the 2011/12 season, has starred in Leicester City’s title charge, hitting seven goals in 38 outings as the Foxes top the table.

Drinkwater, a former Manchester United trainee, faces stiff competition for the prize from strikers Danny Ings and Ross McCormack.

England Under-21 international Ings has plundered 25 goals in 29 appearances for Burnley this season while Leeds ace McCormack has found the back of the net 24 times.

Sheffield United old boy Kevin McDonald is in the running for the League One Player of the Year award. McDonald, now at Wolves, Adam Forshaw of Brentford and Swindon Town’s Alex Pritchard make up the three-man shortlist.

Pritchard is also in contention for the Young Player of the Year prize alongside Leicester City’s Liam Moore and Derby County’s Will Hughes.

Chesterfield forward Gary Roberts is vying with Rochdale’s Scott Hogan and Scunthorpe United’s Sam Winnall for the League Two Player of the Year award.

The managers of the clubs in each division vote for the awards and the winners will be announced on Sunday at the awards ceremony at The Brewery in London.