MIGNOLET THE NORTH EAST’S PLAYER OF THE YEARBy COLIN YOUNG
Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been named North East Football Writers’ Association’s player of the year 2012.
And in a double for North East keepers, Middlesbrough and Team GB Olympian Jason Steele has been named young player of the year.
In one of the tightest votes in the award’s 32-year history, Mignolet just pipped Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa to the prize. Newcastle’s Dutch international keeper Tim Krul was third.