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END OF TERM REPORTS

Posted on 30 May 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...

Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...

MICHAEL DAWSON
It was a fabulous season for him, after missing a number of games at Nottingham Forest, to come here and play the amount of games he played is wonderful for him.

I think everybody wants it for Michael because he is a smashing lad and is a 100 per cent player who will give everything - not just in games, but in training as well. If there was any doubt over his committment and quality, him putting in 90 minutes on the last day of the season was incredible.

I didn't anticipate such a rapid progress from him, but then you never know. You know of his qualities and knew he was capable of it from his first week here. We looked at the quality he had with his work in the air and he is a very good striker of the ball.

You saw those things on the training pitch and thought could he put it into games on a regular basis in the Premiership. He hadn't played in the Premiership before so you didn't know, but it has been great to see his development.

LEDLEY KING
What more can you say about Ledley? He is such an assured figure in our team, bringing leadership qualities even though he is not the most vocal captain.

The players take confidence from him being on the pitch and it was a blow for us to lose him to injury at the end of the season. We are very disappointed for him in that injury denied him a place in England's World Cup squad - although we could well benefit from it in terms of him coming back fresh and fit for pre-season training in July.

The thing about Ledley is he keeps improving season on season, growing in stature, and we fully expect this to continue.