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Dover Athletic defender Tyrone Sterling still struggling to come to terms with winning two end of season awards

Tryone Sterling, right, on the attack for Dover against Woking at Crabble earlier this month.
Tryone Sterling, right, on the attack for Dover against Woking at Crabble earlier this month.

Tyrone Sterling has been struggling this week and not just with the ankle injury which caused him to miss Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers at Crabble.

The left-back admitted he’s still trying to get his head around how he won two of the three major awards at Dover’s end-of-season presentations on Saturday night.

Sterling, who signed from Dartford last summer, won both the players’ and supporters’ player-of-the-year awards.

And the modest Sterling said: “I have been floating on cloud nine. It stunned me when I heard my name called out the first time and when it happened again, well, I just couldn’t believe it.

"But I can tell you that it’s the nicest feeling ever to get recognised by my team-mates and the fans. I am really chuffed and winning the awards is something I am going to really treasure.”

Tyrone Sterling
Tyrone Sterling

But what does Sterling, who signed a contract extension until the end of next season in January, think was the key to him winning both awards?

He said: “I have enjoyed playing this season and being part of the squad we have here. I have enjoyed every minute and that has reflected in my play.

"The gaffer instils into us that we have got to enjoy what we do because there is no point doing it if we don’t.

“I play for the love of the game and having a good time while doing it – that has been the case this season.

“We have done tremendous in our first year back in the league and I am sure we will build on what we’ve achieved.

"I am really looking forward to helping us move onwards and upwards."

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