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Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year = Richard Eckersley

Posted by nickogs20 on May 11, 2008

Richard EckersleyAt the 2008 MUFC Player Awards, joint reserve team manager Jim Ryan has just announced that the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year for 2007/08 is Richard Eckersley. The defender pipped teammates Tom Cleverley and Sam Hewson to the award, recognition of a strong season where his versatility, commitment and defensive abilities have played a big part in a creditable season for the second string, uncluding a third place league showing and two cup finals.

Like his two fellow nominees, Richard was making the step up from the Academy side for his first full reserve campaign this season and he quickly established himself as a regular, appearing in 22 of the Reds’ 28 competitive matches so far (only James Chester managed more). Most of those outings were at right-back – often ahead of the more experienced Danny Simpson – although the young Salfordian also filled in on the other flank or as an emergency centre-half when required. His consistency, regardless of where asked to play, has been particularly impressive and anything less than total commitment doesn’t seem to be an option for Ecks, although disciplinary problems (two red cards and a number of bookings) suggest that maybe he can be a tad too committed on occasion – something that is always going to be part of the territory for such an aggressive, tough-tackling player but also something that can hopefully be managed a bit more wisely as he matures as a defender.

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