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Gillingham player-of-the-year for 2016-17 season is Josh Wright

By Luke Cawdell

Josh Wright has been named Gillingham player-of-the-year.

The 27-year-old leads Gills’ scoring charts this season, hitting 14 from midfield.

Josh Wright takes the pre-match applause Picture Andy Jones

Josh Wright takes the pre-match applause Picture: Andy Jones

Eleven of his goals – including a hat-trick of penalties against Scunthorpe – have come since January.

Under current boss Ady Pennock he has been given the freedom to attack more often, culminating in a flurry of goals during the second half of the season.

It was Pennock, however, who took the captain’s armband off him when he was appointed, preferring to let defender Max Ehmer lead the team on the field.

Despite the switch, Wright’s influence in the dressing room hasn’t changed. He also received the coveted players' player award.

In addition to those two awards, Wright was also voted the away supporters' player-of-the-year.

Bradley Dack was awarded the young player-of-the-year award.

Josh Wright with his award and Gills chairman Paul Scally Picture Andy Jones

Josh Wright with his award and Gills chairman Paul Scally Picture: Andy Jones

Wright's goals have alerted clubs in the Championship with Nottingham Forest one of several understood to be monitoring his situation.

He is contracted to the Gills for another season and spoke recently about concentrating on Gills' survival bid rather than transfer rumours.

Gillingham announced their end of season award winners before their crucial match against Fleetwood, in a change to their traditional end of year event, which was scrapped.

Wright is in his second spell with the Gills, having previously played under Mark Stimson when they won the League 2 play-off final at Wembley.

He has 88 league appearances under his belt with the Gills, turning out for Scunthorpe, Millwall, Crawley and Leyton Orient during his two terms at Priestfield.

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