Teemu Pukki named as Norwich City Player of the Season
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Teemu Pukki has been announced as Norwich City's Player of the Season, becoming the ninth player to win it for a second time and there will be a Carrow Road presentation on Sunday.
The Finnish international has scored 11 goals and registered three assists in a City side that has struggled to find the net consistently this season.
Pukki equalled Grant Holt's 78 goal return for City on Sunday and now sits joint sixth in the all-time record goalscorers list.
Club captain Grant Hanley finished second, whilst Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams was awarded third place in the fan-led vote.
In a break from tradition, Pukki was awarded the Barry Butler Memorial trophy at the training ground on Wednesday rather than in front of supporters at the club's final game of the season on Sunday.
The early announcement will provide supporters with an opportunity to celebrate Pukki's goals and contribution as well as allowing the Fan of the Season, Amber Sheehy a chance to meet all the players at the training ground.
The club are still planning to have a presentation before the Tottenham game for both the men and women's award, as well as a lap of thanks after the game.
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Bryony Williams was crowned as Norwich City Women's Player of the Season.
Voting for the award was opened on April 27 and closed on Thursday, May 12. The announcement of the vote was included in emails to supporters but not posted on social media.
Pukki also won the award back in 2019, becoming the first winner from continental Europe and finished as a runner up behind Emi Buendia last season.
Holt was the last player to pick up the award in two separate seasons before claiming the trophy a third time in 2012.
Speaking to the club's official channels, Pukki admitted it was hard to be happy about receiving the award given the Canaries' Premier League campaign has culminated in relegation.
“It means a lot that the fans appreciate what I’ve done this season,” he said. “They’re an important part of playing football.
“The goal I scored against Newcastle was nice, and the ones that brought us some points were important, but I wish we could have got more.
“At the moment it’s hard to be happy about this, but maybe in the future it will be nice to look back on.
"It (relegation) hurt a lot. All of us want to be Premier League players. To go down is always a disappointment and it's been a hard season.
"We were quite down when it happened but that's football. Now we need to focus on the last game and make sure we get something out it.
"All of us are in need of a holiday first. I will go away with the national team first and then try to forget about football for a little while and just relax with my family."