Gylfi Sigurdsson named Player of the Year at annual awards night

The Icelandic midfielder won three awards on the night, while André Ayew, Modou Barrow, Jack Cork and Alan Curtis also came away with prizes.

Gylfi Sigurdsson named Player of the Year at annual awards night
Sigurdsson claimed four prizes after a splendid season. (Photo: South Wales Evening Post)

Gylfi Sigurdsson was named Swansea City's Player of the Year at the club's annual award ceremony on Wednesday night.

Sigurdsson picked up three awards on the evening; the Supporters' Player of the Year award, Players' Player and Away Player, while also finishing the season as joint top-scorer with André Ayew - for which he also claimed a prize.

The Iceland international has displayed particularly impressive form in 2016, with nine of his 11 goals this season coming since the turn of the year. With most of those significant strikes too - such as match-winning ones against Norwich City and Chelsea - his contributions have been key to Swansea turning their season around.

Ayew, Barrow and Cork also acknowledged

As well as picking up his top-scorer award, Ayew joined Sigurdsson is being a multiple winner on the night as he picked up the prize for Best Newcomer.

Ayew arrived from Marseille on a free transfer in the summer and has had a strong first season in England, scoring 11 goals while forming a good partnership with his Icelandic teammate.

Rumours have started to circulate suggesting that the club will cash in on his talent in the coming transfer window, but that seems unlikely, especially with him just settling into his surroundings in South Wales.

Meanwhile, Modou Barrow was another prize winner as he was named Young Player of the Year. The Gambia international has started just six games this season, but has come off the bench 15 times and made an immediately positive impact more often that not.

He recently became the first Gambian to score in the Premier League with his first goal in a 3-2 defeat to AFC Bournemouth and, while the result was not the one he would have wanted, the finish showed that there is a lot to come from the young man.

Goal of the Season went to Jack Cork, for his splendid strike in the recent 3-1 win over Liverpool. The game saw Swansea secure certain safety in style, and none of the goals were more impressive than the midfielder's curling effort that made it 2-0 at the time.

Cork bends in his delicious strike against Liverpool. (Photo: Sporting Life)
Cork bends in his delicious strike against Liverpool. (Photo: Sporting Life)

Curtis also recognised 

While the night is usually one for the players to be recognised, one man who didn't go unnoticed by the awards was Alan Curtis.

The man who took over as caretaker manager in between the sacking of Garry Monk and the arrival of Francesco Guidolin, Curtis has dedicated over 40 years to his beloved Swansea City and so picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award on the night.

This season, he guided the team to wins over West Bromwich Albion and Watford during a rocky spell, steadying the ship for Guidolin to then takeover.

Curtis also took charge when the Italian was hospitalised for a few games, and his efforts on the sidelines were significant in wins over Norwich and Arsenal.

However, these efforts are tiny in the grand scheme of more than 40 dedicated years to a club which he represents so brilliantly.