Defender Goodison wins top award

Tranmere Rovers' central-defender Ian Goodison was last night named the League One Player of the Year at the North West Football Awards for 2007.

The Rovers captain fought off stiff competition from Oldham Athletic forward Paul Warne (now of Yeovil) and Blackpool striker Andy Morrell, but a string of top performances from the Rovers centre back earned him the award.

Indeed, the award caps a good year for the Jamaican, who picked up the 2006/07 season Player of the Year award at Tranmere for his superb defending and also came second place in the Player's Player of the Year for the same season.

Following a good start to the season with central-defensive partner Ben Chorley, Goodison is expected to be recalled to the Jamaican international squad, who he captained during their 1998 World Cup campaign, after the appointment of former Rovers midfielder and Goodison's friend Theo Whitmore as the Jamaica manager.