SKIPPER MITCH, MIDFIELDER JAMIE AND DEFENDER DANIEL ARE PRIZE GUYS IN COVE RANGERS ANNUAL AWARDS
MITCH Megginson, Jamie Masson and Daniel Higgins are the Cove Rangers Players of the Year for season 2019-20.
Team captain Mitch was voted Club Player of the Year and his 27 goals in all competitions also earned him the Top Scorer award for the fourth consecutive season.
Mitch’s league goal total of 24 also meant he finished as joint top scorer in the SPFL, alongside Lawrence Shankland, of Championship winners Dundee United.
Mitch was also voted coverangersfc.com Player of the Year in the online poll voted for by supporters.
Centre-back Daniel, 22, picked up the Young Player of the Year award - as well as coverangersfc.com Goal of the Season for his magnificent drop volley equaliser in the crucial 2-1 home victory over Edinburgh City in February.
Midfielder Jamie was chosen as top player by his team-mates, a well deserved reward at the end of a campaign that saw him score 15 goals and record the most assists in Ladbrokes League Two.
Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley said: “I’m delighted for all three players, the awards are fully deserved.
“To be perfectly honest, the majority of our squad must have been candidates because all of them made important contributions to what was a fantastic season.
“Only one can win it though and Mitch is a great choice because he not only scores goals he is also an excellent captain and team player.
“It will be particularly pleasing for him that he also managed to finish as the leading scorer in the whole of the SPFL, alongside Scotland international Shankland.
“It underlines just how talented a striker Mitch is and why we are delighted to have him in our ranks.
“Daniel’s recognition is a welcome reward for what was a very impressive first campaign with us.
“Let’s not forget he had the misfortune to miss about seven weeks because of injury but Daniel came back strongly and made a crucial contribution to our title victory.
“That included that astonishing goal against Edinburgh City.
“We had so many candidates for goal of the season it must have been almost impossible to single one out.
“But Daniel’s amazing strike against Edinburgh is a worthy winner, not only was it an important goal he also showed fantastic technique that highlights just how gifted a player he is.
“I applaud the players for choosing Jamie as the recipient of their award.
“His contribution over the course of the campaign was huge.
“Scoring 15 goals while playing in a wide midfield position was a highly commendable effort and Jamie backed that up by ending the season with more assists than anyone else too.
“He’s the ultimate team player so well done to his teammates for recognising that.”
TOP MAN: Mitch Megginson was named as Club Player of the Year and also finished as top scorer in Ladbrokes League Two.
“It’s always nice to receive personal recognition but I know I would not have won any of these awards without the help of my teammates.
“We enjoyed a great season during which everyone played their part.
“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me as top player, your generosity is much appreciated.
“I’m particularly proud that I managed to finish level top scorer alongside Lawrence Shankland ... although my parents have been quick to point out he actually played one more game that I did before the season was ended!
“I would have loved the opportunity to see if I could have made it to 30 goals before the end of the campaign, but it wasn’t to be.
“Finishing on 24, along with Lawrence, was very pleasing though.
“I had left Pittodrie by the time Lawrence became involved at Aberdeen so we don’t know each other.
“But I have kept an eye on how his career has progressed and how he has worked hard to become established in the SPFL.
“He has done fantastically well and I’m sure Lawrence is as pleased as I am that we were able to finish ahead of the Premiership big guns.
“I also want to says thanks to those who picked as top player on-line.
“I really appreciate you making the effort to support me in that way.
“Hopefully I will be able to repay you by helping the team do well again when we eventually get the opportunity to play in League One.”
YOUNG GUN: Daniel Higgins is the Young Player of the year and also scored the goal of the season
“I would like to thank all of those who chose me as the Young Player of the Year.
“It really means a lot to me and is a nice bonus in what was a really enjoyable first season with the club.
“We have a lot of older boys in the squad, so I’m happy to do all of their running for them!
“I signed a new contract with the club because I’ve loved every second of my time at Cove.
“There is a real family feel at the club, which starts from the directors and runs right through the whole set-up.
“It makes playing and training with Cove an absolute pleasure and I’m hoping I will get the opportunity to keep doing that for a good while yet.
“I’m really delighted my goal against Edinburgh City has been chosen as the top one from last season.
“It couldn’t have been easy choice for the fans to make - Declan Glass tried his hardest to beat me by getting four absolute crackers on the short list.
“I’m happy the fans eventually chose my one though.
“I’ve scored a few in my time but that one against Edinburgh City was by far the most important.
“We were a goal down and trying to fight back on a miserable day when we knew a win could be significant in the race for the title.
“It pleased me to get us back on the road to claiming those crucial three points in such a spectacular manner.
“I like to think there will be a few more to come from me in the seasons ahead.
“I would like to finish by again thanking those who voted for me and my goal.
“Stay safe and hopefully see you all back at Balmoral Stadium soon.”
TEAM MAN: Jamie Masson was chosen as Players Player of the Year by his Cove Rangers team-mates.
“It’s a privilege and an honour to be voted top player by my teammates.
“They see me in training as well as play alongside me every week, so it means a lot.
“It’s a wonderful way to cap what I consider to be my best ever season as a player.
“The manager encourages us to play attacking football and it really suits my game.
“I was able to get on the ball a lot, scored some very pleasing goals and also did my bit as far as assists went.
“Things really couldn’t have gone much better for me.
“It’s why I was so happy to sign a three year extension to my contract with Cove Rangers.
“I love playing for the club, especially with my team-mates, who have helped me take my game up to another level.
“I’m really looking forward to the day when we can get back training and playing again and hope I can continue to make a positive contribution in the seasons ahead.”
The full list of award winners:
Club Player of the Year (voted by management, directors, committee and main sponsors ACE): Mitch Megginson
Young Player of the Year (voted by management, directors, committee and main sponsors ACE): Daniel Higgins
Players’ Player of the Year (voted by the Cove Rangers Players): Jamie Masson
coverangersfc.com Player of the Year (chosen via an online poll): Mitch Megginson
coverangersfc.com Goal of the Season (chosen via an on-line poll): Daniel Higgins v Edinburgh City - February 15th 2020
Top Goalscorer - Mitchel Megginson
The Official CRFC Supporters Club will announce the winner of their player of the year award at a later date.