The Football League has announced that Tranmere Rovers player Dale Jennings has won The Football Manager Apprentice of the Year Award for the npower League 1 at the 2011 Football League Awards.

Players eligible for this award are those in the second year of their apprenticeship (i.e. be in his 'Under 18' year and be registered as either a second year scholar or as a first year professional). Judges looked at the record of the player in all competitions since he became an apprentice, alongside his educational attainment, disciplinary record and any other outstanding achievements.

On winning his award, Jennings said, "I am so happy to have won. Just to be one of the final three was great. Everyone at the Centre of Excellence has really pushed me and helped me to get into first team and I would like to thank them for their support."

One of the judges for this award, Alex Bell, stated Dale was an, "Especially worthy candidate given his past difficulties that he has overcome to become an excellent player as well as an impressive off the field example".

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