Faithfold B midfielder Avi Garson has been named as the MGBSFL Young Player of the Year.

Presented his award by League chairman David Woolf after his side’s MMFL/MGBSFL Invitational Trophy semi-final defeat on Sunday, Garson told jewishnews.co.uk: “I had no idea that I was going to win it, so it took me completely by surprise.”

Starring for a side, which finished in the lower echelons of Division Two, he crowned off his debut season in England by winning one of the top accolades from his peers.

The 22-year-old said: “I’m grateful to all those who voted for me and would like to thank all those at Faithfold, including gaffers James Stanton and David Garson and a special mention to Richard Fogelman – the golden boot winner – who converted so much of our playmaking into goals.”

“It’s been a really enjoyable first season in England and I have certainly improved many aspects of my game.”

Looking to enjoy reflecting back on this season, before thinking about next, he added: “I haven’t given too much thought about it. My immediate focus now are my exams, the cricket season and the upcoming Maccabiah games in the summer.”

League chairman Woolf said: “Avi’s performed great this season, and was voted this award by his peers which is great for him. It’s also nice to see the awards spread across the divisions, and not just for those who play in the top-two.”

The (senior) Player of the Year award is yet to be announced, while Garson’s teammate Richard Fogelman also won the golden boot award.