Keeper claims supporters club award
Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer has been crowned MSC Player of the Year for 2015/16.
The 23-year-old, who moved to The Den from Spurs last summer, impressed on his debut for Millwall back in August and has gone from strength to strength throughout his 44 appearances this season, producing countless eye-catching saves and forming a key part of the Lions side which is within touching distance of a Play-Off place.
Archer, who has 19 clean sheets to his name this campaign and earned over 47% of the vote, said: "I want to thank everyone on the management and playing staff for the way they have helped me this season.
"The fans have been unbelievable for me too, and made it possible for me to go out and enjoy my football.
"I'm not alone here as a young player who last summer probably wondered what this season would hold for me. As it turns out, things have exceeded my expectations, and I'm sure the likes of Mahlon Romeo, Ben Thompson, Aiden O'Brien and Fred Onyedinma would say the same.
"From my point of view, I've been grateful to the boys who have played in the back four during the course of the season who have made my job easier.
"Kevin Pressman, our goalkeeping coach, has helped me immensely. I've had my ups and downs this season, but throughout he has been there to offer me advice and encouragement and I can't thank him enough."
Lee Gregory and Ben Thompson finished second and third respectively in the voting and Neil Harris has paid tribute both to Archer and the two runners-up.
"Jordan fully deserves the award," he said.
"He's had a terrific first season, progressed a long way and really developed. Jordan will be the first to admit that he's still got a long way to go and that 40 odd games doesn't make him a top class goalkeeper, but with 150-200 appearances he would be almost there.
"But he has done brilliantly and really matured as a character also, which is key for a young man. I'm delighted for him."
On Gregory and Thompson, Harris added: "Lee has scored 24 goals and really kicked on after a slow start to the season when he was struggling with injuries. To score the goals that he has in the time he has is outstanding.
"Ben is one of our young players who has been given an opportunity at this club, and he has done really well for a sustained period of time now.
"The three of them richly deserve to be where they are but I think there were a couple more who were really close. Steve Morison probably found himself unlucky not to be in there (the top three), as did maybe Byron Webster. They are two guys who have really led by example and I'm sure they were in the fans' thinking for the award."
Look out for an in-depth interview with Archer in Saturday's edition of the matchday programme, available around the ground for just £3.
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