SKIPPER Matt Bound was today due to be awarded the Dorset Echo Weymouth Player of the Year trophy.

The defender secured the coveted silverware after an impressive season in the heart of the Terras rearguard.

The former Oxford United stopper, who moved to the Wessex Stadium last summer, was expected to receive his award before today’s home Conference South closing match against St Albans City.

Also in the running for the honour were long-serving midfielder Ian Hutchinson, celebrating his testimonial campaign at Radipole Lane, and top scorer Kirk Jackson.

But it was consistent centre half who got the nod over his team-mates to follow in the footsteps of previous winners who included Steve Claridge, Jason Matthews and Mark Robinson.

Captain Bound was today praised by his boss, Garry Hill, for making a big impact since the former Hornchurch manager’s arrival last month.

Hill said: “Matt has put in some fine performances as club skipper since my appointment last month.

“He has led by example in those games and judging on the last few games, I can understand why he has been named Echo Player of the Year.

“It’s important defenders are big, strong and have a lot of presence which are all qualities Matt has shown.

“He has also been consistent in his performances which is good because as a manager you want to know what you’re going to get from your players.

“Another pleasing aspect with him is that he is very determined to succeed and wants to progress as a footballer which is something I like all my players to be like.”

Fans get the chance to choose their own Player of the Season when voting slips are available before today’s game.

Other honours, to be handed out at the club’s awards night at the Prince Regent Hotel on May 20, include Players Player and Top Scorer.

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