Tranmere Rovers striker James Norwood named League Two player of the season

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  James Norwood of Tranmere Rovers in action while under pressure from Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Cup Third Round match between Tranmere Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur at Prenton Park on January 4, 2019 in Birkenhead, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) SUS-190804-172940002
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: James Norwood of Tranmere Rovers in action while under pressure from Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Cup Third Round match between Tranmere Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur at Prenton Park on January 4, 2019 in Birkenhead, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) SUS-190804-172940002

Eastbourne’s James Norwood was named as the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season at the EFL Awards night.

Tranmere Rovers striker Norwood, who started his career at Eastbourne Town, was selected ahead of Bury duo Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea to the award.

His 27 goals this campaign is seven ahead of his nearest rival and is even more impressive as it is his first season in the EFL.

Norwood, whose fifth-placed side are four points off the automatic promotion places with five games remaining, said, “Obviously it’s a great accolade, but this is a credit to my team, from one to 11. If they don’t make the chances then I don’t get this award. I’m absolutely delighted and so proud.”

Norwood was also named in the EFL team of the season.

He later tweeted, “What an unbelievable night, feeling very honoured to have won there awards and share the stage with some unbelievable footballers.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the lads so big thanks to the lads.”

The 28-year-old is out of contract at Tranmere this summer. He has been offered a new deal but could move on as a free agent.

Ipswich, Burton Albion and Fleetwood Town are all reportedly interested in signing the leading goal-scorer in England’s top four divisions this season.