Milner takes Young Player prize

Image: Milner: PFA prize

Aston Villa midfielder James Milner has been voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

Villa star takes award

Aston Villa midfielder James Milner has been voted PFA Young Player of the Year. The England international has had a sensational campaign for Villa and has been honoured by his fellow professionals. Milner succeeds Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young in taking the award and beat off strong competition for the prize. Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas, both previous winners of the award, were in the running, along with Joe Hart, who has enjoyed a fine season on loan at Birmingham City. Milner, though, came out on top in the voting from his peers as Rooney took the Player of the Year award. "It's a massive honour," said Milner. "It's a great trophy and you look at the list of players who have won it beforehand and there are some fantastic names on there. "The fact it is voted for by your fellow professionals makes it a great honour to receive."

Position switch

Former Leeds United and Newcastle United youngster Milner has established himself as one of the most influential players in the Premier League this season. His game has gone up a level again since being moved into a central midfield position by Martin O'Neill and he seems certain to be part of England's World Cup squad. "I have played a lot of games again and getting a run in the team and changing position has been a massive thing," added Milner. "Having played out wide before and then the manager moved me into the middle and it suits me a bit more as it helps me get into the game and influence the game more. "Maybe sometimes out wide you are wanting to influence the game and you can but maybe just can't get yourself into it. "I am lucky enough to be playing with some very good players as well and the better the players you have playing around you the easier it is." He has also been linked with big-money moves to Manchester rivals City and United in the summer, but O'Neill is determined to keep Milner at Villa Park. Click here to visit the PFA's official website

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