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Wilkinson named Player of the Season

27 July 2020

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United striker Katie Wilkinson has been named FA Women's Championship Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign.

The Blades number nine scored 15 goals in just 14 games during a standout first season at the club, also adding four assists to her name before the season was cut short in March.

Wilkinson's United career got off to the perfect start as she found the net in each of her first five games for the club, going on to be named the league's player of the month in December off the back of five goals in three league games, including a first senior hat-trick away at Leicester City.

Her goals were instrumental in the team's impressive second place finish in just our second season in the Championship, while she also found the net five times in the Continental Cup to take her tally for the whole campaign for 20.

Speaking about the award, Wilkinson said:

"I was really emotional when I found out. I was shocked, a little bit speechless, the first thing I thought about was the tough times I went through being out injured for 18 months and how hard you have to work to even meet the targets you want to achieve. People look at you sometimes and think you just turn up and play football but it's mentally and physically challenging.

"You have to drag yourself up a lot of the time. My individual journey, I've worked so hard to get to where I am right this second and for me that's still not enough, but to get the acknowledgement for what I am doing makes me very, very proud and I don't think a lot of people see that side to me. I'm proud to have got to where I am. I'm someone who wants to give everything to get to where I want to be and this is just a really proud moment for me."

On being confirmed as the league's top goal scorer, the Blades number nine added:

"I'm obviously really pleased to be the top scorer. I said to myself at the start of the season I wanted to aim high when it came to goals. If you set your standards high then you get the outcome that you want. I think this season will be even tougher, but I look at last season and think I could have even got more in some games, but that's just me!

"I want to push and push and push and score more goals. I'm obviously happy, but my job is to score goals, I expect to score goals and if I'm scoring one or two a game and we're keeping them out at the other end then it's going to be happy days all round."

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