Sheffield Wednesday midfielder on following in the footsteps of Jude Bellingham and Ryan Sessegnon

Sheffield Wednesday youngster, Will Trueman, is in good company as a winner of the LFE Championship Apprentice of the Year award.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 1:43 pm

The 18-year-old midfielder was the only Wednesday winner in this year’s edition of the EFL Awards, picking up a gong that has previously been won by the likes of Jude Bellingham, Ryan Sessegnon and Ademola Lookman to name but a few.

He’s not the first Wednesday player to win it – Mark Beevers was recognised for his efforts back in 2007/08 – but he’s the first in over a decade after Alex Hunt was pipped to the post by Sessegnon in 2007/08.

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The League Football Education Apprentice of the Year award is a prestigious one to win due to the fact that it’s judged not just on work on the field, but also the commitment shown off it in terms of community work and effort towards his education.

For Trueman, his development on the pitch has been coupled with outreach work such as handing out food hampers over Christmas and being on track to achieve the highest grades possible in his BTEC Extended Diploma.

Speaking to the club after being handed his award, the talented teenager spoke of his pride, and touched on a couple of the big name winners that have gone before him – like Bellingham.

He explained, “I wasn’t expecting it really, but it’s really good and I’m very happy to have won it.

“Obviously he (Bellingham) is flying, but it’s great to be up there with people like him and Ryan Sessegnon. It’s a real privilege to be honest.

Trueman, who scored for the U18s again over the weekend, went on to say, “It’s great to win this award, I’m really happy… I was glad to be nominated by the club, but for the judging panel to have chosen me as the winner is brilliant.

“All my family are really proud, as soon as I was told I rang my mum and she was buzzing.

“The education side is really important for me, it helps you focus on your football as well, when you know you’ve done a good job with your studies.”

Will Trueman playing for Sheffield Wednesday's U18s. (via swfc.co.uk)

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Will Trueman of Sheffield Wednesday wins EFL Apprentice of the Year Award 2021 - pictured with Owls Academy Manager Steven Haslam. (Pic Steve Ellis)

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