Marc Bola was surprised but delighted to claim the two top prizes at the club’s end of season awards night.
The left-back was named the Blackpool Fans’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year after a brilliant debut season in tangerine.
The 21-year-old, whose previous league experiences had come with Bristol Rovers and Notts County on loan from Arsenal, played 43 games for the Seasiders this season and scored goals against AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle.
“Anyone could have won it, and it shows how good we’ve been this season. I’m glad to pick up the two awards and will put them in a cabinet,” Bola said.
“It’s been the first, proper, full season of my career and I’ve worked so hard for this moment, and I’m still trying to get better. It’s been a good season for me personally, but there’s still room for improvement.”
Having described the whole season as a rollercoaster, Bola also paid tribute to his team-mates and spoke about the excitement of a new future for the club.
“With all the off the pitch stuff, we’ve hung in there. I think most other clubs would have crumbled. Most people probably would have fled. We’ve all just hung in there and now the club is on a high and on a rebuild. We’re going to get there.
“Everybody has got to be on the ball. If not, you’ll fall behind,” he added.