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ALBION FORWARD WINS INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Bronwen Thomas picks up award.

Bronwen Thomas picks up award.

Image by: FA Wales

PUBLISHED

14:00 10th November 2016

by Paul Camillin

The young striker received the prestigious Welsh award.


Brighton & Hove Albion forward Bronwen Thomas is the FAW's Women's Young Player of the Year for 2016, and collected the award at a star-studded gala evening to celebrate an historic year for Welsh football.
 
The award is the latest in a series of achievements for the former Horsham Sparrows player, and follows her call-up to the Welsh senior squad in September for Euro qualifiers against Israel and Austria.
 
In a remarkable year, Thomas also broke through to the senior team at club level and netted a hat-trick for Albion as they retained the Sussex Women's Challenge Cup with a 5-1 win over Crawley Wasps, at the Sussex County FA Headquarters.
 
Just three seasons ago Thomas was playing in the Sussex County Women & Girls Football League with Horsham Sparrows, and captained their under-14 team to Sussex Girls Challenge Cup success.

Albion chief executive Paul Barber led the congratulations, and said, "It has been an amazing year for Bronwen. She has broken into our first team, scored a hat-trick in the Sussex Senior Cup Final, been called up to the senior team by Wales, and now won this well-deserved award.
 
"We are incredibly proud of Bronwen, as a young player who has come through the club's Regional Talent Centre, and in three short years made the step up to international football."

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FA Regional Talent Club technical director and former Seagulls midfielder George Parris added, "We are so pleased and proud of Bronwen. She has worked incredibly hard to get to where she is today, and she fully deserves this award. She has a bright, bright future ahead with both Brighton & Hove Albion and Wales."
 
Thomas collected her accolade alongside Women's Player of the Year Natasha Harding and Women's Players' Player of the Year Sophie Ingle.
 
There were also awards for Men's Player of the Year Gareth Bale, Men's Players' Player of the Year Joe Allen and Media Choice Award winner Chris Gunter.
 
Welsh national coach Chris Coleman was also presented with an FAW Special Award for his exploits at the European Championships last summer.

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