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Shepherd shortlisted for top award

16 October 2016

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Lynda Shepherd has been shortlisted for the FA Women’s Premier League Player of the Year for 2016.

The nominations for the award are decided by managers throughout the FAWPL selecting their best opposition player after each match with the Ladies captain one of those up for the coveted seasonal prize.

Shepherd admits it is a great honour to be nominated for this years award, particularly because of the position she plays for Rovers' Ladies.

“I’m not a goalscorer or a flair player, I do the dirty work, the part of the game that not many like to do,” said Shepherd.

“So it is nice to know that I’m appreciated as a footballer, by not only my team-mates, but by my peers around the game too.

“It’s very flattering to be chosen by the opposition, it shows they see me as an influential player for Blackburn.”

Named club captain at the start of the season, Shepherd says her story at Rovers is something younger players should aspire to. 

“Being named club captain this season has also been a great moment," she added. "Hopefully the younger girls can look at this realise you can be noticed and appreciated by many.

“The club have worked hard to create a foundation for younger players to get real opportunities and real experience. You only have to look at our line-ups this season to prove that.

“I want to thank my team-mates, without them this nomination wouldn’t have happened, we are strong as a unit so I have to say, thanks girls!” 

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