NATHAN Thompson described himself as “absolutely over the moon” after picking up the Swindon Advertiser STFC Player of the Year trophy for the second time in as many seasons.
The full-back, a product of the club’s youth academy, has taken on the mantle of captain at the County Ground in 2013/14 and helped lead the Robins to a top-eight finish in League One.
Victory over Rotherham United this afternoon will guarantee Thompson and his teammates seventh in a topsy-turvy campaign, both on and off the pitch.
The 23-year-old received a whopping 52 per cent of the public vote, seeing off competition from goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, who was picked by 23 per cent of readers of the Adver and Jay McEveley, who came third with seven per cent.
Votes were also cast for Alex Pritchard, Louis Thompson, Nicky Ajose, Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo, Troy Archibald-Henville, Ryan Mason, Raphael Rossi Branco, Nile Ranger and Ben Gladwin.
However Thompson was your choice to land the award and he told the Adver when presented with the trophy at the County Ground yesterday how delighted he was to be recognised by the fans.
He said: “I’m absolutely over the moon, picking this award up for the second season on the bounce. Personally, I’ve felt that this season has been one of transition, both on and off the pitch. For me personally, I’ve changed position and I’m now a lot more attack-minded and I think that’s taken a little bit of getting used to.
“I’m surprised to be picking up the award because I’ve felt as though at the start of the season it took a little bit of time to get used to the role I’ve been playing. Towards the end of the season I feel I’ve come on and improved in that position and hopefully now I can move forward. With this award, I’d like to say a big thank you to the fans.
“It was a transitional season, there were a lot of players leaving and a lot of newcomers and it took time. It’s been a little bit inconsistent at times but as a whole I think we’re very, very happy and there are a lot of positives to take forward to next season.”
Thompson’s name will now be inscribed alongside the likes of Colin Calderwood and Don Rogers on the trophy, and the skipper is honoured to be among such illustrious company.
“The boys that are on the trophy I’ve grown up watching or I’ve played alongside and they’ve been fantastic for the club, so to have my name on the trophy two years in a row is a real great honour,” he said.