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Gareth takes top award

Posted on 5 October 2010  - 12:00

Gareth Bale has been named Player of the Year by the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

Gareth takes top award

Gareth Bale has been named Player of the Year by the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

The flying full-back/left winger has been outstanding since returning to the side in January, 2010.

He created two goals against Peterborough United in the FA Cup that day and hasn't looked back since.

Gareth capped last season with goals against Arsenal and Chelsea as we completed a famous derby double in the space of four days on our way to fourth place in the Premier League and Champions League qualification.

He was named the Premier League's Player of the Month for April and has maintained those incredible standards this season.

The 21-year-old has started all 11 of our matches in the Premier League and the Champions League as we compete in Europe's elite competition for the first time since 1961-62.

He's already scored three goals including a stunning, shoulder-high volley at Stoke that won August's 'Goal of the Month' prize on BBC's Match Of The Day.

Now back on international duty with Wales, Gareth picked up the FAW's top prize at an awards ceremony in Cardiff on Monday night, pipping Craig Bellamy.

Gareth

He said: "This is a massive honour, you only have to look at the names who have already won this award to appreciate that.

"I am surprised, pleased and honoured. And it has come during a very good spell for me. I just hope that I can be part of a successful Wales side in the future.

Now I have got into the Spurs team I have enjoyed every minute of my time in the first team. I have been given my chance and just love it all.

"I have helped in Spurs’ progress, and now find myself playing in the Champions League and scoring in it last week.

"There is plenty more progress the club can make, and I aim to be part of that. The same goes for Wales. This is a young, exciting squad and we can go on to great success in the years ahead."

With thanks to David Rawcliffe/Football Association of Wales for the photograph...