Thursday 18 January 2018

Kenny adds another award to collection

Personality of the Year Stephen Kenny and Goalkeeper of the Year Mark McNulty after receiving their awards Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Personality of the Year Stephen Kenny and Goalkeeper of the Year Mark McNulty after receiving their awards Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Stephen Kenny added to his awards haul for a remarkable 2016 when he was named as the Airtricity/SWAI Personality of the Year last night.

Kenny was honoured for winning a third successive league title with Dundalk while also bringing the club on a memorable European run that captured the imagination.

The Dubliner was winning the award for the second time having scooped the honour for 2014.

Cork City netminder Mark McNulty was named the Goalkeeper of the Year after a fine season between the sticks, while UCD life president Joe Veselsky picked up the 'Special Merit' gong.

Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane was present and he received a presentation from Martin O'Neill on behalf of the SWAI to mark his retirement from the international scene and honour his outstanding service.

Keane made a presentation to Brendan Bradley, the all-time record League of Ireland goalscorer, with the career exploits of prolific attackers on the domestic and international scene a theme of the annual awards dinner at Dublin's Conrad Hotel.

Meanwhile, Robbie Brady could be a step nearer joining Leicester City after the faltering Premier League champions sold Jeffrey Schlupp to Crystal Palace. Like Brady, Schlupp is left-footed operator, capable of playing at full-back or on the wing.

Leicester tried to recruit Brady in the summer, but wouldn't pay Norwich's asking price of £20m, which has since been lowered to £12m.

Surgery

Elsewhere, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that Jon Walters is to undergo knee surgery.

Walters, 33, is facing at least a month in the sidelines, giving Ireland manager Martin O'Neill cause for concern with Wales due to visit the Aviva Stadium on March 24 for the vital World Cup qualification showdown.

Irish Independent

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