The Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year Danny Ings has today highlighted the solidness and uniqueness of Burnley Football Club as he gave his reaction to receiving the prestigious accolade at the Football League Awards on Sunday.
The Clarets striker was crowned the best player of the division, voted for by the league’s managers, at an annual gala in London.
The 21-year-old has become the first Burnley player to receive an equivalent award since Jimmy Adamson back in 1962.
And Ings admitted he was very proud to receive the distinction – one he was keen to share credit for with everyone else at the club.
He said: “It means the world to me. It’s such a fantastic achievement, especially for a player of my age. To have been picked out of the whole Championship by all the managers, it’s a fantastic feeling.
“To be honest, I put it [the award] down to hard work and graft.
“It just shows how far both me and the team have come this year. The goals that I have scored have played a big part, but I think the team have helped me a lot, too.
“I’ve got a good team around me and a good manager as well.
“It’s difficult to highlight one moment so far this season. It’s been a rollercoaster all year for me, really and we’ve all had a solid season.
“It’s a fantastic football club and I love playing for them. It’s such a family club – from the board all the way down to the team. It’s solid, unique and it’s good to play for them.”
Meanwhile, Burnley manager Sean Dyche has also reflected on his top scorer’s accolade.
The gaffer said: “I’m really pleased. He is a very highly-talented young player as well as a very good person. Both the club and the team value him greatly.
“He gets good support from the staff and the group here, but within any team there are individuals who add extra value and he’s certainly one of them.
“We’ve enjoyed what he’s done [so far] and we think there’s a lot more to come from him in the future. He works hard at his game in training and certainly believes so, too.
“We wish him all the best for the next steps of his career at Burnley Football Club.”
Finally, the club’s co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz, who attended the event along with Dyche, added:
“We’re all delighted for Danny and I’m sure we made the loudest cheer when the winner was announced!
“He is not only a very good player, but also a very down-to-earth and level-headed guy which he has shown on many occasions.
“Everybody at the club is delighted for him.”