“I'm really pleased,” said the Republic of Ireland youth international. “I came here from Ireland and wanted to show what I can do, to show my talent and to win this award with the quality we have in the academy is a surreal moment.
“My family will be very proud as they have sacrificed a lot for me. I've enjoyed this season a lot. Everything has gone well and the lads have performed well. Captaining the team at St James' Park was the highlight and now I just want to keep going, keep showing what I can do for the 23s and then get an opportunity with the first team.”