Chris Gunter named Welsh footballer of the year as Ben Woodburn takes young player crown

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Chris Gunter has been named Welsh footballer of the year, with Ben Woodburn claiming the best young player award.

Reading right-back Gunter picked up the player of the year trophy at the 2017 Football Association of Wales awards on Monday night.

Gunter has again been ever-present for Wales in 2017 to take his number of caps to 81 - the second most by an outfield player, with only Gary Speed ahead of him on 85.

The 28-year-old has made 61 consecutive appearances and his success brings to an end Gareth Bale's domination of the award.

Six-time winner Bale had claimed the trophy four consecutive times but the Real Madrid forward was named players' player of the year at the Vale of Glamorgan ceremony.

Liverpool teenager Woodburn was named young player of the year after his dramatic World Cup introduction last month.

The 17-year-old striker scored on his debut as a second-half substitute against Austria and then set up the opening goal in a 2-0 win in Moldova three days later.

Stoke midfielder Joe Allen was named fans' player of the year and Reading midfielder David Edwards collected the media choice award.

An FAW special award was presented to Wales' record goalscorer Ian Rush and Newtown's Craig Williams was chosen as Welsh Premier League clubman of the year.

Goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan was named women's player of the year and other awards went to Angharad James (players' player), Jess Fishlock (fans' player) and Peyton Vincze (young player).

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