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Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte named Ulster Footballer of the Year

Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte has been named as the Ulster footballer of the year.

The 22-year-old received the award at a ceremony in the Titanic Hotel in Belfast on Monday.

He beat off competition from Crusaders teammate Billy Joe Burns, Cliftonville's Joe Gormley and Coleraine's Chris Johns, Jamie McGonigle and Stephen O'Donnell.

Whyte has been a key player for Stephen Baxter's Crusaders team as they battle it out with Coleraine at the top of the Irish Premiership.

The young star has also been capped at Under-21 level for Northern Ireland and spent time on trial with Celtic and Everton.

He has been in free-scoring form this year and that may have played a role in securing him the top prize.

Among the other winners were legendary broadcaster Jackie Fullerton MBE, who was honoured with the Dr Malcolm Brodie Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the game in Northern Ireland.

The Young Player of the Year award was picked up by Glenavon FC's Mark Sykes.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been in great form for Gary Hamilton's side this year and has been linked with moves to a number of English clubs.

Winner of the Women’s Player of the Year award was Linfield Ladies goalkeeper Lauren Perry, while Charlie Fogarty picked up the Disability Footballer of the Year award.

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