Michael Dixon was shocked but proud after being named as players’ player and club player of the year at Ashington FC’s end of season awards.
Newcastle-born Dixon was unable to attend the ceremony.
But the midfielder, who only joined the club in October after a long relationship with Dunston UTS, said: “I was not forewarned about the two awards, so when I found out after the presentations, I was shocked because I didn’t expect it.
“My feelings were of sheer delight and I was proud because it came with a good club in Ashington.”
He continued: “It must have been a hard decision because everyone had spells during the campaign. Goalkeeper Conor Grant had a really good season; Andrew Johnson was unplayable during our unbeaten run of 12 games; Ben Christensen was steady whilst defences couldn’t handle Ben Harmison.”
Dixon made his Colliers debut in the 2-1 defeat by eventual champions Shildon, the result which was later expunged after the Railwaymen had fielded an ineligible player, but was playing catch-up fitness-wise after missing pre-season due to a combination of injuries and holidays.
“For the first two or three games I was still finding my feet,” he said.
“Then we went on a great run, and apart from getting myself match fit, I also hit a bit of form and was able to pass on experience to the younger lads.
“After the enforced long lay-off due to the weather, my form dipped, but I finished strongly, scoring against Dunston in a game where I also pulled my hamstring.”
The injury sidelined Dixon for the rest of the season, but he added: “On reflection, I was happy with the way things went. We finished 12th and in the league table, you end up where you deserve.
“However with the quality of the players at the club we underachieved and we need to kick on next season.”
The 33-year-old played at Dunston for nine seasons during which he was captain in the 2014-15 campaign.
He was the committee’s choice for player of the year with the Gateshead-based outfit in 2011-12, the same season when two goals from Andrew Bulford saw them lift the FA Vase with a 2-0 victory over fellow Ebac Northern League outfit West Auckland at Wembley.