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BSA Young Player Award for Barkhuizen

5 May 2014

Striker Receives Accolade for Performances

Tom Barkhuizen capped off his season last night by being named BSA Young Player of the Year.

The 20-year-old striker had his best campaign in a tangerine shirt to date, scoring two goals in 15 appearances for The Seasiders.

"It's always nice to receive an award and I'd like to thank the fans from BSA that voted," Barkhuizen said. "I played a lot more than I thought I was going to play this season, and I'd have probably played more if I hadn't have been injured. I'm happy to have been involved and thankfully we managed to stay up."

The big disappointment over the last few days is how the team ended the season, losing 3-0 to Charlton at Bloomfield Road.  

"After the Wigan game confidence was high and in the first-half against Charlton we started well. In the second-half we weren't at the races and it was very disappointing. The lads were angry in the dressing room, even though we stayed up.

"I don't know whether we took our foot off the gas and got a bit complacent but we managed to get over the line and that's the main thing."

Barkhuizen is one of a number of players waiting to hear whether his option will be taken for next season, as he aims to build on his current performances.  

"I haven't heard anything yet so I think I'll be hearing something this week. I'd be happy to stay being a local lad.

"I don't want to have one season of playing and then go out on loan. Hopefully I can nail down a place in the team next season," he added.

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