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Fulham midfielder Davies gets Welsh award

last updated Wednesday 08th October 2008, 9:00 AM
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Fulham midfielder Simon Davies has been named as the Wales Footballer of the Year award winner.

The 28-year-old received the award at the FA of Wales' awards dinner at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The Haverfordwest-born player won his 50th cap for his country during the year, and also stepped in as captain on several occasions in the absence of Craig Bellamy - last year's winner of the award.

At club level, former Tottenham and Everton player Davies was also a prominent figure in Fulham's dramatic Premier League survival.

Bellamy is expected to reclaim the armband for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein in Cardiff.

However Davies' emergence as a leader will not be forgotten. In a turbulent year, with boss John Toshack's squad constantly hit by injuries, many teenagers have been introduced to the senior side.

The experienced Davies has played a major part in the squad's transition with his calm leadership critical.

Davies has now won 53 senior caps and scored six goals, and is the most-capped player in Toshack's current squad.

Source Paul Walker at PA Sport
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