Marc Dummett picked up two awards at the annual Bedlington Terriers presentation awards ceremony at Welfare Park.
The 28-year-old took home the prestigious Player of the Year trophy, voted by the board, and Players’ Player of the Year honour.
“Obviously on a personal note it is good, but it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth being relegated,” he said.
“I don’t think any of us deserved to get an award like that, but I suppose someone had to get it.”
Although it was a special afternoon for the full back, he still has unanswered questions about why the team went down this season.
He added: “I’ve asked myself that many times. You can’t really put your finger on it, because the team, on paper, is probably a top-ten standard. But over the 42 games we just haven’t been good enough.
“I’ve only been here one season and we have been relegated, so everyone is not happy with a lot of things, so in a sense its hard to be totally happy.
“I can say that I always tried my best for the manager and for the club, which I would do in any game I ever play and have ever played.”
Marc Walton received the top goalscorer award for his 23 goals in the 2015-16 campaign, while Jonathan Wright, who scored 14 goals in as many league starts, received the Supporters’ Player of the Year shield.
At the awards ceremony, chairman Ronan Liddane said plans for the future were being put in place and that he is fully committed to bringing top flight football back to Bedlington.
He said: “This season has been difficult for all involved, but we are determined to get this club back into division one at the first time of asking.
“This isn’t a club that should be in the second division, and we will be doing everything in our power to make sure we get things right this off-season to go again next season.
“Marc full deserved his awards, he was a brilliant and loyal player for us this season. Everyone who picked up an award, deserved it.”
Andrew McDonnell, secretary, head of media and programme editor at Bedlington, picked up a trophy for Programme Editor of the Year from the Northern League.
Ervin Kaunispaik was recognised for his dedicated service to the club and Michael Robinson was also honoured at the presentation ceremony.