We are delighted to announce the 19/20 Players’ Player of the Season is Reiss McNally with the young defender receiving the most votes from his teammates.
19 year-old Reiss has played a key part in The Lions’ resolute defence this campaign and earned the vote of his colleagues.
McNally becomes the second right back to clinch the award in two seasons after Andy Halls took the crown at the end of the 18/19 campaign.
Reiss has made 35 appearances this campaign, all of which are starts, which speaks of the consistent levels of performance from the young defender.
The right back signed for the club after featuring in our pre-season friendly with Bradford City having previously played under Marcus Bignot at Solihull College and University Centre, he continued his Sports Science degree whilst playing for the club.
Reiss feels great pride in winning the award and said “It is a great feeling to get recognition from the players you are playing with every week. I think from all the players I learned things to bring into my own game so obvious big thanks to all that voted. I think there are a lot of players in the team who have had a good season that could have been voted. But again big thanks to all the players that did, I think there is many of them with big potentials that can go and do even better next season.”
McNally would also feature at centre back at times and we spoke about his two roles in the team “Yes I have enjoyed playing right back and right side centre back. With right back I could join the attack and get more crosses in but at right side centre back it was more about defensive duties, so I enjoyed both.”
A key part to our success this campaign was the long unbeaten away run, Reiss felt The Lions had a boost from going under the radar “I think the key to us going on the unbeaten run away was just the fact that we were the underdogs. So winning away infront of the other teams fans is always a good feeling, especially for our fans that have travelled to watch.”
Assistant Manager Paul Clayton said “Reiss has been excellent this season for us. He made that right back position his own, he was comfortable at centre back too. He’s got a really bright future ahead of him. There was a lot of strong performers this season and realistically this could have gone to a few different players”
“I am pleased for him getting the Players’ Player of the Year Award. For him to win showed he has the respect of his teammates and showed how consistent he has been throughout the season.”