Luton Town striker, James Collins picked up the League One Player of the Season award last night at the English Football League Awards ceremony London’s Grosvenor Hotel.
The former Ireland u21 striker was nominated for the award alongside Irish international Aidan McGeady who’s been plying his trade at Sunderland and John Marquis of Doncaster Rovers.
However, it was Collins who came out with the league’s top award following a run of 22-goals that sees Luton Town on the brink of promotion back to the Championship following a 12-year gap.
Luton currently lead the way in England’s third-tier. They are eight points clear of the chasing pack with five games remaining, however, that lead will be cut down to two if Sunderland win both their games in hand.
Collins is the league’s top-scorer and was recently rewarded for his form with a call-up to the Ireland senior squad for their Euro 2020 qualifying games with Gibraltar and Georgia.
Another Irish man narrowly missed out on the night as Bury’s Dublin born midfielder, Jay O’Shea was pipped to the League Two Player of the Season By James Norwood of Tranmere Rovers.
The 30-year-old O’Shea has yet to play for Ireland at senior level, however, being nominated for such an award may well bring him into contention as Mick McCarthy selects his team for Ireland’s qualifying games with Denmark and Georgia in June.
Despite his rich vein of form, Collins has yet to make an impact with Ireland at senior level and given the solid performance shown by David McGoldrick against Georgia two week’s ago, it’ll be interesting to see if the Luton Town goal machine can force his way into McCarthy’s starting side ahead of June’s internationals.