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Hemp: PFA Award one of the best accolades

Lauren Hemp says the PFA Young Player of the Year award is 'one of the best accolades she can win.'

The winger has retained the trophy for a second successive campaign after an impressive showing in 2020/21, having also won it back in 2018 whilst with Bristol City.

One of City and England’s brightest stars and most influential attacking talents, the 20-year-old overcame an early-season injury to make 23 appearances in league and cup, scoring 10 goals.

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Upon receiving the award, the forward says there is no greater recognition than that of your peers, adding she feels there is still more to come from her.

"It feels pretty special," she smiled. "To be picked amongst fellow professionals I play against each week is really nice.

"For me, it's one of the best accolades I can win - getting votes from people I play against. It's a real honour.

"I've been fortunate enough to have had many excellent coaches throughout my journey. I hope to keep on improving. I know I'm not the finished product; I know I can keep getting better.

"Obviously, it was unfortunate for us to miss out on the title. We worked really hard all the way throughout the season and I'm really proud of the team to have done as well as we did.

"Sadly, we didn't win it. We would have loved to but that only pushes us harder. Hopefully, next season, we can win the league and push further in the Champions League.

"I'm here to win trophies and I know all of my teammates would love to do the same. We'll try to put ourselves in the best possible position to do that next year."

Hear Lauren's thoughts on her award in the video above...

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