Steven Davis announced as Northern Ireland Player of the Year

The Southampton midfielder captained his nation to their first major tournament qualification in 30 years

Steven Davis announced as Northern Ireland Player of the Year

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has been named Northern Ireland's Player of the Year, as voted for by the fans.

The midfielder captains his country and played a key role in his side’s qualification to this summer’s European Championships in France, Northern Ireland's first tournament which they have qualified for in 30 years. He put in a number of fine performances along the way and was a real catalyst to their success this year.

Davis secured his side's passage through to the Euros against Greece as he put in a Man of the Match performance, scoring twice to help his side on their way through. Kilmarnock striker Josh Magennis scored the other goal in a 3-1 win.

Davis thoughts on awards

After receiving the awards the Northern Ireland skipper gave his thoughts on it, telling Southampton's official website that the recognition was "an honour".

“We had an unbelievable 2015 and to be able to lead this team was just incredible," he continued. He went on to assert that "the spirit of the players and fans combined" had played a huge part in their successful qualification campaign.

Northern Ireland celebrate their European qualification | Photo:
Northern Ireland celebrate their European qualification | Photo:

Davis was keen to thank the fans for all of their help along the way and the Saints number eight was adamant that the Northern Irish achievements this year were a team effort, despite his individual recognition.

Speaking about the upcoming European Championships, Davis was sure that "we'll have the same support we always do", adding that "it's going to be a proud time for everyone".

Next up for Davis

Next on the agenda for Davis is a match against Wales tomorrow evening in Cardiff with kick-off at 7:45pm GMT. Davis and his team-mates will then go on to face Slovenia on Monday evening back at Windsor Park with the same kick-off time.