Swindon Town's Matt Ritchie has been named the npower League 2 Player of the Year at the Football League Awards 2012.
Ritchie received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. This year there were a total of 17 awards with 32 clubs shortlisted for honours.
Ritchie beat two other shortlisted League 2 players to the Award, Cheltenham Town's Marlon Pack and Crawley Town's Tyrone Barnett (now on loan at Peterborough United.)
Like Marlon Pack, Matt too is a product of the Portsmouth Academy, making seven first team appearances. He went out on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge and Notts County, before two loan spells at Swindon Town were followed up by a permanent switch last summer after being named the Fans' Player of the Year. The 22 year old winger has been on fire for Paolo Di Canio's men this season and is a major reason why they top the division.
On winning his award, Ritchie said: "It has been a brilliant season for me and it is great to get this award as part of it.
"Hopefully it will inspire me to get a few more goals and help us win League 2 and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy."
The npower Player of the Year for the Championship was won by Southampton's Rickie Lambert, while the League 1 Award went to Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes.
The shortlist was produced after managers from every League 2 club were asked to submit their top five players of the season, excluding players from their own club.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com.