Date: 13th April 2016 at 7:38pm
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The Football League have now announced the first shortlists for the League One Player of the Year award.

Celebrating the on and off pitch successes in the League’s 72 member clubs, the annual event features ten specific categories and four of the shortlists have now been released.

The Awards ceremony later this month will also be held in Manchester for the first time – Sunday April 17 – to coincide with the formation of the Football League in Manchester back in 1888.

Marketing Director of the league, Drew Barrand, explained.

‘The Football League Awards 2016 provides a platform for us to showcase the very best of what The Football League is all about. Once again, the standard of entries has gone up so those clubs and individuals included on the shortlists deserve real praise for their achievements. We wish all those nominated the best of luck and look forward to announcing the winners in April at what will be the first ever Football League Awards evening to be held in Manchester.’

League 1 Player of the Year:

Gillingham – Bradley Dack
Swindon Town – Nicky Ajose
Walsall – Romaine Sawyers

The FL blurb on Dack reads.

‘The 23-year-old midfielder has been one of the driving forces behind the Gills` promotion push with 15 goals so far this season.’

Further award shortlists to be announced are for the Championship Player of the Year, the Sir Tom Finney Award and the Contribution to League Football award.

This year also sees a new category introduced – the Football Manager Team of the Season – that will recognise the best eleven players and manager from across all three Football League divisions.

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