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Promotion will top hat-trick of award for Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

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CRAIG Bryson described picking up three top awards in quick succession as the best few days of his life.

Now the Scottish midfielder wants to crown his best-ever season by helping Derby County reach the Premier League.

Bryson was voted Player of the Year by the fans for a second time in three years and 24 hours later was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

He completed a hat trick of prizes when he received the Players’ Player of the Year award at the club’s Awards’ Night on Tuesday.

“It has been an unbelievable few days, probably been the best few days of my life,” said Bryson. “To win the three awards in a short space of time is excellent and I am delighted with how the season has gone for me on a personal note, and for the team as well.

“To win the Player of the Year award for the second time in my three seasons here is a great achievement. It is a big honour to be one of the few players to win it twice.

“Being in the Championship Team of the Year as well is massive and to get voted for by the players, who I have played with every week and train with every day, is great.”

Bryson’s goals tally stands at 16 going into today’s final league game of the season against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Derby then face a two-legged play-off semi-final as they look to keep their promotion bid alive.

“This has been my best season as a professional by far,” said Bryson. “I don’t really want it to be end but as long as it ends in the right way, I will take that.

“Promotion would top everything.

“It is always nice to receive personal accolades but the main thing is the team and nothing would mean more to us than playing in the Premier League next season.

“We will see how it goes. We know how hard it is going to be, but we are looking forward to the challenge.

“This is what we’ve been working towards all season and everyone is ready for the play-offs.”

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