Port Vale favourite is overwhelming fans’ choice as St Mirren player of the year



Former Port Vale midfielder Sam Foley has been voted St Mirren’s player of the year by supporters.

The 33 year old enjoyed two years with the Vale, having been signed by Rob Page in 2015, playing 83 games and even managing to impress in the club’s 2016/17 relegation season.

He left that summer, signing for Northampton and spending two years there before moving on to St Mirren 12 months ago.

He has enjoyed a fine first season with the Scottish Premiership club, captained the team, and was put on a shortlist from which fans could choose their player of the year.

The attacking midfielder earned 55 per cent of the vote and said he was flattered by the result.

Speaking from his home in south Cheshire, he told the Daily Record: “The humble side of me says I’m surprised I won it because my contribution to the team isn’t anything outstanding.

“There isn’t an X factor to my game in terms of a lot of goals or big saves.

“I’ve won a few awards throughout my career though and I see them as a reward for hard work on and off the pitch.

“When you get to my age it’s about a love of the job and football is my trade. You need to have a willingness and desire to work hard.

“There’s no secret to professionalism. You just need to work hard to be the best that you can be.

“I’m very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to come and play here and also to the fans for picking me out.

“I wouldn’t have been recognised at all if it wasn’t for my teammates too. I’m normally taking one for the team on the pitch, but it is nice to be recognised like this.”





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