Dwight Gayle beats rivals to land Championship award

Newcastle's players celebrate winning the title
Newcastle's players celebrate winning the title

Dwight Gayle has won the PFA Fans' Championship Player of the Season award.

The Newcastle United striker – who scored 23 goals during the club's Championship-winning campaign – beat Chris Wood and Anthony Knockaert to the award.

Dwight Gayle, left

Dwight Gayle, left

More than 40,000 votes were cast in total of Sport Sports' website and apps.

And 14,705 fans voted for Gayle, who was signed from Crystal Palace last summer.

Leeds United striker Wood came second with 9,707 votes, while 9,214 supporters backed Brighton and Hove Albion winger Knockaert.

Gayle is looking forward to testing himself in the Premier League with Newcastle.

“You know you’re going to have to prove yourself again in the Premier League,” said the 27-year-old.

“The boys are going to be working hard over the summer to get fit and ready for next season.

“You have to be excited about what the future might be.

“We’re a pretty young squad, and we’ve got momentum behind us.

"There’s a lot of young players, and everyone is going to be improving.

"The fact that the Championship title race went down to the last day is just another feature that is going to help the boys grow up.

"If we keep growing as a young team, you never really know how far we could reach.”