Stephen Ireland Named Manchester City's Player Of The Year

The burgeoning midfielder has been honoured by the City faithful...
Manchester City's all-action midfielder Stephen Ireland has released Richard Dunne's stranglehold on the club's Player of the Year gong.

The centre-back was going for five-in-a-row, but his fellow Irishman has been preferred after a very promising season at Eastlands.

It will come as song consolation for the 22-year-old, who was pipped to the PFA Young Player of the Year award by Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.

Ireland wasn't able to pick up his prize at the City of Manchester stadium due to illness, but he told the club's official website, "I am thrilled that the supporters have voted for me and I would like to thank them for the way they have backed me, not just this season, but ever since I made my debut."

Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta placed second and third respectively, while Danny Sturridge was the Citizens' top youngster.

Greg Ptolomey, Goal.com