Jarrod Bowen has spoken of his pride at winning the Club's Players' Player and Supporters' Player of the Year awards.
The 21-year-old winger enjoyed an impressive campaign in what was his first full season in the first-team set-up, scoring 15 goals in all competitions to finish as the Tigers’ top goalscorer, resulting in recognition from both his team-mates and fans at the Club’s annual Player of the Year Awards night earlier this week.
And despite being delighted to pick up the trophies, Bowen admitted that he was pleasantly surprised.
“I didn’t expect to win anything, so it was a nice surprise,” he said.
“To get recognised by both my team-mates and the fans was a huge honour and one that filled me with an awful lot of pride.
“Obviously winning any award is nice, but to get two made the night even more memorable.
“I was at the 2016/17 awards evening but I was only really there as a spectator having played a bit part in that season.
“This year’s event was on the back of my first full season in the first-team and it proved to be a fantastic experience.
“I have to take this opportunity to thank the fans. They’ve been great with me and I would like to thank everyone that took the time to vote.
“Hopefully I repaid the support they gave to both myself and the team this season with my goals and contribution on the pitch.
“It’s also a special feeling to know that your team-mates have voted you as Player of the Year. All the lads in the changing room are fantastic as well – it’s a great group to be a part of and I would like to thank each and every one of them.
“I think it’s important to recognise that because without them I don’t think I would have had the season I had.”
That season isn’t quite finished yet despite the end of the Sky Bet Championship campaign, as Bowen and his team-mates are currently in Kenya for an end-of-season trip arranged by the Club’s Main Shirt Sponsor SportPesa.
The visit is aligned with SportPesa’s mission to develop grassroots football on the African continent, with the showpiece event of the trip being a friendly fixture with Kenyan League Champions Gor Mahia in Nairobi on Sunday.
“The lads are looking forward to it and I’m sure it will be a good experience for everyone who is part of the travelling party,” he added. “We’ve got the game out there against Gor Mahia which I’m sure will be a great occasion.
“I think the official title for the game is ‘end-of-season’ friendly – but I’m not so sure there’s such a thing as a friendly fixture in football.
“It’s not just a jolly-up at the end of the season – we’ll be going there fully focused on getting a result. And it will be the same for the Kenyans as well.
“I was involved in the first fixture at the KCOM Stadium at the back end of last season and it was a competitive match. The Kenyans were in our faces and made it tough for us and we’re expecting more of the same on Sunday.”