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Gavin Whyte scoops Player of the Year double at NI Football Awards

Gerry Flynn makes a presentation to Gavin Whyte, Young Player of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Gerry Flynn makes a presentation to Gavin Whyte, Young Player of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Gavin Whyte has had another top season in the Irish League.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Gavin Whyte has been named Danske Bank Player of the Year and Dream Spanish Homes Young Player of the Year at the NI Football Awards.

The highly-rated Crusaders winger, tipped for a move to Leeds United this summer, adds the awards to the Ulster Footballer of the Year gong he picked up last month.

Whyte netted 21 goals in the Danske Bank Premiership this season and earned rave reviews, torturing defences with his trademark direct runs.

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

He took centre stage during Northern Ireland U21s' thrilling 5-3 defeat to Spain at Shamrock Park. He gave Espanyol's regular left-back Aaron Martin a torrid evening that included two nutmegs and showed he has the ability to cause problems at a level beyond the local game.

Also nominated for Player of the Year were Crusaders right-back BJ Burns and Coleraine defender Stephen O'Donnell.

Providing the competition for the Young Player of the Year award were Glenavon's Bobby Burns, who is set for a move to Hearts, and Coleraine goal-scorer Jamie McGonigle.

Player and young player of the year Gavin Whyte with Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Player and young player of the year Gavin Whyte with Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Jonny Evans, Gavin Whyte and Lauren Perry. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Liam Beckett makes a presentation to Oran Kearney, Manager of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. TRAVEL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Michael OÕNeill makes a presentation to Jonny Evans, International Personality of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. TRAVEL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Michael OÕNeill makes a presentation to Jonny Evans, International Personality of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. TRAVEL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Michael OÕNeill makes a presentation to Jonny Evans, International Personality of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Jonny Evans with his wife Helen pictured at the Northern Ireland Football Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Alyn Spratt from Bluefin with the Championship Team of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. THE MACOLM BRODIE HALL OF FAME Stephen Brodie and Pat Jennings make a presentation to Jimmy Nicholl Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. THE MACOLM BRODIE HALL OF FAME Stephen Brodie and Pat Jennings make a presentation to Jimmy Nicholl Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. UHLSPORT PREMIERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR Ê Brian Hutchinson from Uhlsport with the Premiership Team of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. DREAM SPANISH HOMES YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR Gerry Flynn makes a presentation to Gavin Whyte, Young Player of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. DREAM SPANISH HOMES YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR Gerry Flynn makes a presentation to Gavin Whyte, Young Player of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Gerry Flynn makes a presentation to Gavin Whyte, Young Player of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Billy Joe Burns Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Jordan's Gift Goal of the Season - Jared Kennedy of JordanÕs Gift makes a presentation to Billy Joe Burns, left. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. BELLEEK PREMIER INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE TEAM OF THE YEAR Ian Baraclough makes a presentation to Jordan Hughes of PIL Champions Dundela Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Michael McCrudden of Institute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. SODEXO CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER OF THE YEAR Michael McCrudden of Institute with Derek Coulter of Sodexo Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. NON-SENIOR CLUB OF THE YEAR Dundela secretary Jim Steed, left with Timothy Dubois Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. MERIT AWARD Chairman Keith Bailie makes a presentation to Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Andrew Johnston of NIFL makes a presentation to Lauren Perry. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Lauren Perry and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Ciaron Harkin and Gavin Whyte pictured at the Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Gareth McConaghy, Ciaron Harkin, Oran Kearney, Chris Johns and Stephen O'Donnell pictured at the Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-05-2018: 2018 Northern Ireland Football Writers Association Annual Awards Dinner. The gala event, hosted by the Crowne Plaza on Monday May 7. Pictured at the event N Coleraine manager Oran Kearney and Crusaders FC's Gavin Whyte. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-05-2018: 2018 Northern Ireland Football Writers Association Annual Awards Dinner. The gala event, hosted by the Crowne Plaza on Monday May 7. Pictured at the event (L-R) Norman Kelly,Paul Leeman, Coleraine manager Oran Kearney and Sean Ward. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-05-2018: 2018 Northern Ireland Football Writers Association Annual Awards Dinner. The gala event, hosted by the Crowne Plaza on Monday May 7. Pictured at the event (L-R) Jimmy Nicholl former NI footballer, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, NI footballer Jonny Evans and former football player Pat Jennings. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Cliftonville's Joe Gormley lifted the Golden Boot while The Jordan's Gift Goal of the Season award went to BJ Burns for this stunning strike against Linfield.

Named as Travel Solutions International Personality of the Year was Northern Ireland and West Brom defender Jonny Evans.

Jimmy Nicholl was inducted into the Malcolm Brodie Hall of Fame.

Institute's Michael McCrudden was named Sodexo Championship Player of the Year, seeing off competition from Chris Lavery and Mark McCabe.

There was double delight, meanwhile, for Dundela, who were named Non-Senior Club of the Year while their striker Jordan Hughes picked up Premier Intermediate League Player of the Year.

The NI Football Awards are hosted by the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association and the Northern Ireland Football League.

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