Danny Ings was last night crowned the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year at The Football League Awards in London.
The Burnley striker beat off stiff competition from the division’s top scorer Ross McCormack (Leeds United) and top-of-the-table midfielder Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) to land a prestigious accolade.
Established in 2006, The Football League Awards is an annual gala event which celebrates excellence both on and off the pitch.
Among the accolades, player of the year is chosen in every one of the three divisions, voted for by league’s managers.
Previous winners of the award in the Championship include England internationals Phil Jagielka and Rickie Lambert, AC Milan’s on-loan attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt and Czech forward Matej Vydra.
Ings has scored 20 league goals so far this season, less only than McCormack and has also registered five assists – a key contribution to Burnley’s impressive campaign.
And when receiving the award, the Clarets number 10 was keen to share credit for the distinction with both his teammates and manager Sean Dyche.
Ings said on the night: “It’s crazy. I’ve not had much luck with injuries in the last couple of years, so I’ve managed to turn that around this year to get myself fit and everything is going well so far.
“To be honest, it has been crazy. Sam Vokes, my striker partner, has chipped in with a lot of goals, too and our defence and midfield are one of the best in the league.
“The whole team has been fantastic and I could talk about them all night. We have such a good team ethic and we work hard for each other which is why we have been so successful.
“Sean [Dyche] is a great manager. He is firm, but fair and as long as you buy into what he buys into, you’re definitely going to get along. That comes down to hard work and all of our players are hard-working.
“Mix that with talent and you’ve got a powerful force.”