Isle of Wight footballer, Dan Butler, has won the prestigious PFA Player in the Community Award.
As well as flourishing on the pitch for League two Newport County, Dan has been recognised for his commitment towards the ‘We Wear the Same Shirt’ County in the Community football group, along with his support for other projects run by his club.
The 24 year old former Cowes High School student also made his 150th appearance for County recently, which has included FA Cup matches against Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur.
Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, Dan, who is also County’s mental health ambassador, said:
“I am delighted to win this award and I know my family are really pleased too.
“I am honoured to have won it and will continue to spend time with the County in the Community as often as I can.
“I’m not a superhero, I’m just a footballer who wants to give a little bit back to the fans who support us. If it makes them happy and it gives them a boost, I’m happy. That’s my job.”
Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio after making his 150th appearance for the League Two side, Dan, who grew up on the Isle of Wight, added:
“I’m really proud because I’ve been here nearly three seasons and to make this number of appearances for the club in that time is something that I’m really proud of.
“I’m never happy missing a game so to play that many is something I’m really happy about.”
🏆 | Congratulations to @Danielbutler26, awarded the 2018/19 #SkyBetLeagueTwo Player in the Community award at the #EFLAwards night in London tonight 👏💛#OneClubOneCounty #OurJourneyContinues pic.twitter.com/yhDeXbVzEo
— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) April 7, 2019
Dan was presented with the award at the EFL Awards Night on Sunday (7) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.