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18 April 2016

Midfielder named League Two Apprentice of the Year

CITY Under-21s midfielder Ben Godfrey was among the winners at Sunday's Football League Awards in Manchester.

Godfrey, who signed for the Canaries in January, was recognised for his efforts earlier in the season while representing previous club York City by being named Sky Bet League Two's Apprentice of the Year.

The 18-year-old, who was at the ceremony to collect his award in front of 600 guests from the football industry, made his professional debut last August and clocked up 15 appearances in all competitions for the Minstermen before agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal with Norwich.

Alex Neil said in January: "We're hoping Ben will be someone who can blossom into a good player in the future.

"Despite only being 18, he has already played first team football for York. That in itself suggests he's progressing quickly."

Godfrey beat off competition from Luton Town’s Frankie Musonda and former Barnet defender Hakeem Odoffin - now at Wolverhampton Wanderers - to claim the award.

He said on Sunday: "It's in my long list of proud moments this season and is a reward for all the people around me that have put in a lot of hard work, at both Norwich and York."

The Football League Awards 2016 was being hosted in Manchester for the first time, the same city in which The Football League was officially formed 128 years ago to the day. In its 11th year, the awards ceremony celebrates on and off pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs.

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