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"I'm always proud to play for Millwall," says Wallace

Read from the 2017/18 Player of the Year runner-up...

2 May 2018

Millwall's Jed Wallace is already looking forward to the club "kicking on" next season after bagging two trophies at the club's End of Season Awards Night last Sunday.

The 24-year-old winger, who signed permanently at The Den last summer following two hugely successful loan spells, secured the runner-up spot in the MSC 2017/18 Player of the Year vote and also became PFA Community Champion of the Year.

Speaking to before the event got underway, Wallace expressed his gratitude towards The Lions' fans for the award.

"Personal recognition is always nice. I'm glad that Hutch won [the Player of the Year title], he's had a great season and deserves it. But there's a lot of people that could've won it - we've really overachieved this season," he said.

"Individually and collectively we've done really well. I'm always proud to play for Millwall and to be recognised by the fans for my hard work is a good feeling."

Wallace also explained how his desire to "put a smile on people's faces" led to him winning the Community Champion award.

"Being a footballer comes with a lot of good things and one of them is being able to put a smile on people's faces. Especially lately having had a baby of my own, to be able to help other families with a few tweets or going to see them and being able to change their day is an amazing thing to do and I take a lot of pride in it.

"I'd be very grateful if someone helped my family, so I like to do as much as I can for other people."

In a season where The Lions have overachieved there is perhaps still a tinge of frustration at falling at the final hurdle with regards to a place in the top six.

The winger, who has scored seven goals in 46 appearances this season to date, echoed those thoughts, but also stated his pride at an "amazing" campaign. 

"It's been great. It's got to a point where I feel disappointed not to be in the Play-Offs, which is, to be honest, incredible.

"To get where we've got to has been amazing, I'm really proud of everyone at the club. The management, the staff, the players, the fans - we've all pulled in one direction. To finish in the top 10 of The Championship in our first year back is a great achievement and we go into next season hungry to improve.

"It's the togetherness [that has got us through]. Everyone knows that the ethic and work-rate we have is the best in the League by a country mile. We play against players every week that are touted for £10-15m - I don't see many players better than ours.

"We've shown that. If you're sitting seventh or eighth with one game to go, then you deserve to be there. We've had a great season, we've got a lot of very good players and we're only going to improve.

"Let's not beat around the bush, we've been to Wembley two out of three years and are now finishing high up in The Championship - it's been an unbelievable few years, probably the best most fans have seen in their lifetime.

"To be a part of it is great and I'm looking forward to us kicking on again."

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