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Dreher Wins Under-18s Player of the Year

12 May 2016

Luke Dreher has been named the Crystal Palace Under-18s Player of the Year winner at the club's annual Awards Night.

The accolade caps a fine 12 months for the midfielder who has gone from the academy side to sitting on the first-team bench at Old Trafford for the recent Premier League encounter with Manchester United.

The 18-year-old started the season with the under-18s whom he played for 14 times in 2015/16 before moving up to the development side when a number of players were sent out to the Football League on loan, and he signed his first professional contract back in October.

He went on to feature 15 times for the under-21s during the second half of the campaign and scored twice, with his form catching the eye of Alan Pardew who handed him a place amongst the replacement for the game against United last month.

A member of the club's academy since the age of nine, Dreher said: "It's been a really long season but I've worked hard all the way through it.

"To get on the bench at Old Trafford was amazing and now I have to keep working hard to continue my progress."

Meanwhile Joseph Hungbo was named the Paul Brooks 9-16s Player of the Year, which is handed out to those scholars in the academy aged between nine and 16 years of age. 

The 16-year-old winger scored three times in seven appearances for the under-18s this term.

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