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8 May 2017

MIDFIELDER Matty Palmer scooped the Most Improved Young Player of The Season award at the end of season dinner recently.

The 22-year-old has featured 39 times for the Brewers this season, scoring one goal which was also nominated for goal of the season, but was beaten by Michael Kightly’s strike against Norwich City.

“It’s really nice to pick up an award and it shows that over the course of the season you’ve done well, I’m really pleased,” said Palmer. “I think starting in League Two makes you appreciate playing against really good players week-in week-out in the Championship and then playing with your own team mates who have got better throughout the year.”

Palmer started with Burton Albion’s academy before breaking onto the first team scene under Gary Rowett. The youngster was a regular at the start of the season but has settled for a less-frequent role in recent weeks.

He said: “It’s been a really good experience and one I’ve really enjoyed.” He went on to add: “To be honest I think all season we’ve believed that we can stay in the division. At the start you didn’t really know what to expect but for a lot of it we were the better team and I think we’ve turned that into results.

“I think throughout the whole season we’ve believed in ourselves.”

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