Tuffley Rovers duo Kieran Alder & Luke Merchant are the latest players to be nominated in the Severn Sport End of Season Awards 2018/19.
Last week we revealed the first two names on the list of nominees were Slimbridge pair Lewis Adams and Adam Bloomfield, who are up for the Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season respectively.
A reminder that this year we have 11 categories in total and they are as follows:
- Player of the season
- Young player of the season
- Breakthrough player of the season
- Team of the season
- Manager of the season
- Game of the season
- Severn Sport Live player of the season
- Goal of the season
- Signing of the season
- The John Ashplant Local Hero Award
- Best Social Media Account
If you are new to the Severn Sport End of Season Awards then how nominations work for most of the awards are that Ryan and Kelsey nominate a player/club/manager each and agree on a mutual third nominee.
Both Rovers players Alder and Merchant find themselves nominated for the Breakthrough player of the season award after being put forward by Kelsey and Ryan between them.
Kelsey’s nomination Alder is a product of the Gloucester City youth set up and finds himself ending the domestic season as Tuffley’s top goalscorer (11 goals) as well as their top appearance maker for the season (42 appearances) and all before his 20th birthday next month.
Ryan’s backed his second keeper out of three nominations so far in Merchant, who has made 27 appearances during a tough season for Rovers and has made multiple appearances in the Severn Sport Team Of The Month this season.
The Severn Sport boys have explained their nominations below.
Kelsey: “In Kieran Alder you have a player who, when he’s on song, is one of the most creatively talented playmakers in Gloucestershire football.
Questions marks hang over him because of his size but he makes up for it in raw ability. This season he’s shown just how good he can be and if he’s playing at this sort of level now, it’s frightening to think where it could lead him.
He’s already established himself as a mainstay in the Tuffley Rovers lineup and I could easily see him making the step up in leagues in the not too distant future. Everytime I’ve seen him play it’s been a joy to watch. This lad has a serious future ahead of him.”
Ryan: “During pre-season this summer I saw Luke Merchant play for three different clubs, Cirencester Town, Tuffley Rovers and Longlevens and there were question marks about his future. Would he make the grade at Cirencester? Would he play for one of the Hellenic clubs? Could he go elsewhere?
It became quite apparent to me early on that he would end up at Tuffley and by signing a dual registration deal we have seen him play for both Tuffley and Cirencester during the season and what stays with me is his improvement and willingness to learn.
He will tell you himself that there have been times this season where he has made mistakes, but hey the amount of mistakes that happen in the Hellenic League on a weekly basis has been frightening this campaign. But not only has he improved he has also wrestled the number 1 jersey from a talented keeper in Kane Winman, who has since departed for Longlevens.
I couldn’t ignore the fact he has made the team of the month so many times this season and had to nominate him and this award is suited for him as his stock has grown this season and his future could lead him anywhere!”
The Severn Sport End of Season Awards podcast will be recorded and uploaded over the May Day Bank Holiday, more information regarding nominations and winners will be revealed between now and then.
Check out the full list of fixtures in and around the county this Easter Weekend right here.