Sport: Sheffield Wednesday captain Barry Bannan faces stiff competition to land major League One award

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Sheffield Wednesday star Barry Bannan is in the running for the League One player of the year award. The Owls skipper has made the shortlist along with Rotherham United's Michael Smith and Milton Keynes Dons forward Scott Twine.

Bannan, the League One player of the month for March, has been instrumental in Wednesday's promotion charge. The 32-year-old has contributed eight goals and 10 assists in 44 appearances.

Bannan, who has made over 300 appearances for the Owls, was involved in over half of their 17 March goals. Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “The consummate professional who continues to wreak havoc in the third tier, Barry Bannan is no stranger to these kinds of accolades, and for good reason.

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“The midfield maestro was everywhere for Sheffield Wednesday in March, having a hand in everything the Owls did well, including three goals of his own to add to his collection. His talent simply doesn’t belong at this level.”

The winner of the League One award will be announced at the star-studded EFL Awards taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, on Sunday, April 24.

Bannan is set to lead the Owls into battle when they travel to MK Dons on Saturday evening. Wednesday are fifth in the table with five matches remaining as they bid to cement a top-six finish.

"It is a tough league," said Bannan. "There are a lot of good teams in it this year. These teams have played in the Championship and above. There are a few big teams who spent money in the summer with the hope of getting promoted.

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"It has been a competitive league this year. There are a lot of teams that in this league who probably shouldn't be in this league on reputation but they find themselves in here and that's why it is so hard to get out of it."

Full list of EFL Awards shortlists:

Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season

Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham

Dominic Solanke – Bournemouth

Harry Wilson – Fulham

Sky Bet League One Player of the Season

Barry Bannan – Sheffield Wednesday

Michael Smith – Rotherham United

Scott Twine – Milton Keynes Dons

Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season

Matty Stevens – Forest Green Rovers

Dominic Telford – Newport County

Kane Wilson – Forest Green Rovers

Championship Young Player of the Season

Fabio Carvalho – Fulham

Brennan Johnson – Nottingham Forest

Djed Spence – Nottingham Forest

League One Young Player of the Season

Gavin Bazunu – Portsmouth

Paddy Lane – Fleetwood Town

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Dan Neil – AFC Sunderland

League Two Young Player of the Season

Finn Azaz – Newport County

Shadrach Ogie – Leyton Orient

Connor Taylor – Bristol Rovers

LFE Apprentice of the Season – Championship

Ryan Howley – Coventry City

Jordan James – Birmingham City

Jevon Mills – Hull City

LFE Apprentice of the Season – League One

Freddie Draper – Lincoln City

Ayodeji Elerewe – Charlton Athletic

Michael Williams – Crewe Alexandra

LFE Apprentice of the Season – League Two

Alex Aitken – Stevenage

Junior Tchamadeu – Colchester United

Ethan Brierley – Rochdale

Football Manager Teams of the Season

To be announced on the night

Your Move Community Club of the Season

Middlesborough – North East & Yorkshire

Blackpool - North West

Derby County – Midlands

AFC Wimbledon – London

Plymouth Argyle – South West & Wales

Milton Keynes Dons - South East & East

One overall winner will be announced on the night

Community Project of the Season

Championship – Preston North End

League One – Burton Albion

League Two – Swindon Town

PFA Players in the Community

Championship – Billy Mitchell, Millwall

League One – Ryan Inniss, Charlton Athletic

League Two – Omar Beckles, Leyton Orient

Kin + Carta Family Club of the Season

Ipswich Town

Milton Keynes Dons

Sheffield United

Diversity Award

Blackburn Rovers

Exeter City

Preston North End

Environmental Sustainability Award

To be announced on the night

Supporter of the Season

Mark Crowther – Luton Town

Cath Dyer – Swansea City

Sue Taylor – Burton Albion

Sir Tom Finney Award

To be announced on the night

Contribution to League Football

To be announced on the night

2022 Goal of the Season

To be announced on the night

Barry Bannan reveals dad's advice which proved inspiration for stunning Sheffield Wednesday goal .
The Owls midfielder produced another man-of-the-match display to help the Owls move back into the play-off places Darren Moore 's side ended the Dons' 15-match unbeaten run whilst boosting their hopes of a top-six finish in the process. After results on Good Friday went against them, Wednesday produced a fantastic display to move back into fifth place.

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