Wolves captain Danny Batth recognised at Asian Football Awards


Last Updated: 15/11/17 8:45pm

Danny Batth says he is proud of his heritage and his journey after winning Player Recognition award at the 2017 Asian Football Awards

Wolves captain Danny Batth has won the Player Recognition accolade at the 2017 Asian Football Awards.

Batth, whose father was born in the North Indian state of Punjab, is skipper of Nuno Espirito Santo's free-scoring side, who sit top of the Sky Bet Championship after 16 matches.

The centre-back is a product of the Wolves academy and made his first-team debut for the club in 2010 aged 19.

The 27-year-old had loan spells at Colchester, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday earlier in his career but has since amassed more than 200 appearances for Wolves.

Batth has made 13 starts in all competitions this season and was presented with the award at the FA-supported event in the City of London on Tuesday night.

"It has been a long journey," Batth told Sky Sports News.

"To be recognised for any awards - but especially to be recognised as an Asian Player in the UK - is something that I am proud of and my family will be proud as well.

"It's a big event. There are a lot of people here, all of whom want Asian people to do well in football. So to be recognised with an award is very nice indeed."

Taff Rahman (c) is presented with the coach award by Sky Sports News reporter and event co-host Dharmesh Sheth (pic: Punjab 2000)

Asian Football Awards founder, Baljit Rihal, added: "It is really heartening to see the progression of Danny Batth.

"From winning our Young Player Award in 2012 to where he is now - as the captain of Wolves with over 200 appearances to his name and with a strong possibility of playing Premier League football next season."

Aston Villa's Easah Suliman, who opened the scoring in England's U19 European Championships final win over Portugal earlier this year, was named Young Player of the Year.

More action is needed to address the under representation of Asians in football according to Baljit Rihal, founder of the Asian Football Awards

Tottenham Ladies midfielder Maya Vio picked up the inaugural Women's Player prize, while FA coach educator and former Tottenham academy coach Taff Rahman won the coach award.

Other winners included West Auckland and Panjab FA striker Amar Purewal, who scooped the Non-League Player accolade.

Premier League champions Chelsea were presented with a Special Recognition Award on the night for their groundbreaking Asian Star initiative.