Date: 18th April 2016 at 1:56am
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Barnsley youngster James Bree has been named the LFE Apprentice of the Year at last night’s Football League Awards.

Receiving his trophy at the gala ceremony at Manchester Central last night, it was the first time the awards had been held in Manchester and it was chosen to recognise the formation of the Football League in Manchester back in 1888.

Bree took the award ahead of Blackpool’s Bright Osayi-Samuel and Swindon’s Thomas Smith.

Having made his Championship debut aged only 16 years old, 18 year old Bree has now made over 30 appearances for the first time, and he’s also been credited for his involvement in the club’s Community based work.

The Apprentice award recognises talented young professionals for both their on pitch development but also their off pitch work,

Chief Executive of the Football League, Shaun Harvey, commented.

‘During another action-packed Football League season it is important to acknowledge outstanding performances, both on and off the pitch. We`re delighted to recognise this special group of nominees who have shown exceptional levels of talent, dedication and achievement. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and particularly our winners, all of whom are deserving of their accolade.’

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