Jermain Defoe and Jordan Pickford collected their North East Football Writers' Awards on Sunday evening.
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe took the award for player of the year at the North East Football Writers Awards (NEFWA), in recognition of his performance last season which helped save the Black Cats from relegation.
In picking up the Player of the Year award, Defoe follow in the footsteps of football legends Kevin Keegan, Shay Given, Kevin Phillips, Alan Shearer and England Manager Gareth Southgate.
SAFC goalie Jordan Pickford was awarded young player of the year.
The event was held at Ramside Hall in Durham where big names in the world of football flocked for a night of prize giving.
Sunderland were not the only club to pick up awards.
Middlesbrough was named 'Team Of The Year' for their efforts last season which saw them promoted to the premier league for the first time since the 2008-2009 season.
Chief executive Neil Bausor praised the players, the staff and the fans as he picked up the award on behalf of the club:
We had seven years of tough times and our success was down to commitment, effort, dedication as well as fantastic support from the fans.
The fans were fantastic last season and continue to be so again this season."
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Pools boss Dave Jones said the club has had their eye on Nelson for some time:
He’s a young player who has been recommended to us.
The Club has had him watched over a period of time and the feeling is that he could be an asset for us.
He is still quite young but that is where this Club is at this moment in time.
It’s important that we try to build good relationships with our local clubs so I would like to thank Sunderland for their help in arranging this deal.”
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