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Gray Targets Bigger Prize

18 April 2016

Burnley striker Andre Gray has spoken of his delight at beating off tough competition to win the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year award.

Gray, who has scored 24 goals in all competitions so far this season, beat Ross McCormack of Fulham and Alan Judge of Brentford to gain the prestigious title.

The award follows quickly on from being named as FourFourTwo magazine’s Football League Player of the Year.

But at the Football League Awards ceremony, in Manchester on Sunday night, he insisted personal honours would count for nothing unless he can add to his trophy haul at the end of the season.

Gray, pictured with fellow award winners Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook, Gillingham’s Bradley Dack and Oxford United’s Kemar Roofe, said: “It was an honour to be nominated and to win it was great as well.

"Scoring goals is great but it will count for nothing if we don’t get promotion. It will be a failure in my eyes.”

The Clarets currently sit in second place in the Championship, just two points behind Tuesday’s Turf Moor opponents, Middlesbrough.

And the Championship’s top scorer is relishing the challenge ahead of him.

He said: “We’ve got a big four games to go and hopefully we can get over the line. Tuesday’s game is not a must-win but it’s a massive step.

“We still have three huge games after that and a lot can change between now and then, with it being that tight in the table.”

Gray joins former Burnley striker Danny Ings in the list of Burnley players to have won the prestigious award.

Ings won the Championship Player of the Year award in the 2013/14 season, when Burnley last won promotion to the Premier League.

And Gray said the Liverpool striker was a massive factor in his move from Brentford to Burnley this season.

“I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Danny and Charlie Austin and go on to do what they have done,” he added.

“Seeing what Jamie Vardy has achieved this season is also a real inspiration and shows that anything is possible.”

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