Tom Aldred has won the Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year award for Coca-Cola League 1 at the 2009 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players.

The 18-year-old Carlisle United central defender received the award at a gala dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Sunday 29th evening in front of more than 800 attendees from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.

Aldred received the League 1 Apprentice award for his achievements in his footballing career thus far, on and off the pitch. He joined the club in July 2006 and was awarded with a professional contract in December 2008, keeping him at Brunton Park until summer 2010. During the 2008/09 season, Aldred has made the first team bench on two occasions, and has only missed one reserve fixture.

He is the club's youth team captain, and has been selected for a Scottish international training camp for the U19 European Championships later this year. In addition to his achievements on the field, he demonstrates an exemplary attitude to his studies and even finds time to write a regular blog on the League Football Education website.