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Shooting star Yakubu scoops Blackburn Rovers award
YAKUBU’S prolific first campaign at Blackburn Rovers has seen him voted the disabled supporters’ player of the year.
In a ceremony at Ewood Park, Rovers’ top scorer was presented the award by wife of late club legend Ronnie Clayton, Val.
Since signing from Everton on deadline day for in the region of £1.5million, Yakubu’s goals have helped him establish himself as a firm fans’ favourite at Ewood Park.
He has scored 16 Premier League goals in just 26 starts and has led the line in impressive fashion.
His season highlights include scoring twice in the memorable 3-2 win at Old Trafford in December and hitting all four goals in the 4-2 win over Swansea at the start of that month.
Yakubu’s move from Goodison Park has revived his flagging career and Rovers fans will be desperate to see the 29-year-old see out his three-year deal at Ewood Park – whatever league they are in next season.
Morten Gamst Pedersen collected a clubman of the year award, presented by deputy chief executive Paul Hunt.
The Norwegian midfielder is coming to the end of his eighth year at the club and has played almost 300 games for the club since signing from Tromso in 2004.
He has made 30 Premier League starts and scored three goals this campaign.
Adam Henley was handed the young player of the year award by Rovers legend Bryan Douglas.
The 17-year-old has broken into Rovers’ first team squad this season and has impressed in the three Premier League starts he has made.
Henley’s season highlight will be starting Rovers’ shock 3-2 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.