Date: 20th May 2007 at 3:21am
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The polls are closed, the votes have been counted and, at last, it’s time to announce the results of ‘Vital SWFC Player of the Season’.

Vital SWFC forum members thought long and hard about the merits of all our star players this season: turnout was slightly lower than expected, but the result hasn’t ever really been in doubt. So, without further ado, in traditional reverse order (though the picture above SHOULD have given the game away by now?!)…

In third place, with 18% of the vote:

Glenn Whelan – Transfer listed at the start of the season by then boss Paul Sturrock, the Republic of Ireland U21 international reacted in exactly the right way, by knuckling down and getting on with it. As we said already in his player report, fast forward nine months and the Manchester City youth product is one of the key players in Brian Laws’ squad, resulting in him picking up the ‘Owls Player of the Season’ award, and the ‘Wise Old Owls Player of the Season’ gong too. An impressive performance, great passing, hard work and a useful goal tally (including a stunner against the Foxes) add up to a very successful season.

In second place, with 30% of the vote:

Frankie Simek – In a season where probably the only thing to seriously grumble about was the number of goals in the ‘against’ column, ‘Frank the Tank’ has been the one defender to really stand out in 2006/7. The former Arsenal man is a regular Owls first-teamer, making the right back place his own, and has become a crowd favourite due to his tough tackling and powerful running. His progression this season has been such that he featured in the American international squad for the first time, making his full debut in March. Let’s hope we can keep him!

In first place, with 45% of the vote, the winner is:

Chris Brunt – Lazy? Plays like Victoria Beckham rather than David? No way! Our ‘Vital SWFC Player of the Season’ topped the Wednesday Actim stats with a mercurial performance. Probably the best free-kick and wing play specialist in the division, his 10 goal tally featuring a number of wonder strikes, not least those against Leeds, Leicester and Barnsley. He added to his tally of caps for the full Northern Ireland international squad, he passed 100 appearances for the Owls this season and has won ‘Player of the Month’ more times than we can mention.

Keep on eating those gummy bears at half time, Chris, they obviously work!

Note: the Vital SWFC Goal of the Season poll is still running, and will close at midnight on May 27th. Get your vote in now!