PLAYER OF THE YEAR CON­TENDERS

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Scott Ste­wart

The wing-back has en­joyed an­other im­pres­sive sea­son for the Di­a­monds. With long-term in­juries keep­ing Ryan Con­roy on the side­lines, Ste­wart was an­nounced as skip­per and led the dress­ing room dur­ing the tur­moil of the end of the Tom Wother­spoon era. For a de­fen­sive player, he has scored five goals this term.

Dale Car­rick

Since his switch from Liv­ingston in Jan­uary, the striker has quickly earned cult hero sta­tus at New Broom­field with his never-say-die at­ti­tude and fight up front. With four goals while wear­ing the fa­mous Di­a­monds, big things will be ex­pected from the for­mer Hearts man next sea­son.

Josh Ed­wards

The young de­fender has been brought through by Stephen Find­lay and Marc Fitz­patrick into first-team con­tention and has shown he more than de­serves con­sid­er­a­tion. The 17-year-old has shown he is ca­pa­ble down the left flank and as well as be­ing in the run­ning for the player of the year, will be in the run­ning for the young star award.

Jake Ha­site

With a host of loan play­ers com­ing into the Ex­cel­sior Sta­dium this sea­son, Mother­well kid Jake Hastie has been the most im­pres­sive of the batch.

The winger has con­trib­uted with both goals and as­sists and has of­ten been praised by gaffer Stephen Find­lay for his will­ing­ness to come for ex­tra train­ing ses­sions and his com­mit­ment to the Di­a­monds.

Dean Cairns

Mr Ver­sa­tile, and for­mer prod­uct of the youth sys­tem, has en­joyed a break­through sea­son at the club.

A favourite with the fans, he has been will­ing to play in any po­si­tion to plug gaps this term in both the heart of mid­field and at cen­tre-back and has ac­quit­ted him­self well in both po­si­tions.

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