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James Maddison: It's one of the best awards you can get

28 April 2018

James Maddison admitted he couldn't help but get emotional after being crowned Norwich City's 2017-18 Player of the Season.

Maddison picked up the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy prior to City's victory over Leeds United on Saturday and the award capped off a truly memorable season for the 21-year-old.

The City star said he was touched by the ovation he received from the Carrow Road faithful.

"It's one of the best awards you can get," said Maddison. "I got a little bit emotional when my name was read out. I wouldn't say I expected it but I knew I had a good season. 

"The fans have appreciated my performances this season. When my name got read out was a great feeling.

"To see everyone on their feet clapping me for everything I've achieved this season, I'll never forget it."

"I wasn't happy to get subbed off to be honest because I wanted a goal! But to see the fans give me a standing ovation as I left the pitch was a great feeling.

"The fans here have been brilliant with me. I can speak highly enough of them."

Maddison also paid a glowing tribute to teammate Wes Hoolahan who brought down the curtain on his 10-year City career with a goal and assist in the win over Leeds.

"You just need to see the ovation he got today. The whole day was just brilliant," added Maddison.

"Everyone is just so happy for him. We're gutted to see him go and disappointed but everyone knows - I know the word legend gets throws about but it couldn't be more suited to him.

"He's a top man on and off the pitch and like I always says, I can't speak highly enough of him.

"Even though it was all about him today, he wanted the team to win. That just demonstrates what he is like as a person. 

"Some of the things he has said to me, he won't remember, but I'll never forget. He's just a brilliant guy, I've run out of words."

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