Derrick Williams has been crowned Rovers’ Player of the Year for 2016-17.
The 24-year-old left-back was presented with the coveted trophy by Rovers legend Bryan Douglas shortly before today’s kick-off against Aston Villa.
Williams, who joined Rovers from Bristol City in August, has been a model of consistency throughout the campaign, which has seen him start 40 games for the club.
Hard-working and dependable in defence, Williams has also shown a real desire to get further forward, netting the last-minute equaliser at home to Cardiff City in March and providing the added-time assist for Lucas Joao’s late leveller at Fulham a week later.
Williams received almost 40% of the fans’ vote, finishing ahead of Charlie Mulgrew in second and Darragh Lenihan in third. It is the third season in succession that a defender has scooped the top player prize, after Grant Hanley received the award last year and Markus Olsson in 2015.
Meanwhile, Elliott Bennett’s blockbuster against Blackpool has been voted Rovers’ Goal of the Season for 2016-17.
The 28-year-old received the Peter White Memorial Trophy, which was named in memory of former Rovers reporter Peter White 16 years ago, from Peter’s brother Paul and son Tom just prior to kick-off.
Bennett’s stunning 35-yard strike in the FA Cup fourth round victory over the Seasiders at Ewood Park was the standout choice amongst supporters.
After playing a neat one-two with Craig Conway, the winger unleashed an unstoppable shot that swerved and dipped over the keeper and into the top right-hand corner.
Marvin Emnes’ moment of magic against Wigan Athletic pipped Danny Graham’s terrific team goal against Derby County to second place.