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Q&A with Newport County Community Defender Luke Degilbert #11 - First Ever Luke Degilbert Awards

Luke Degilbert returns for another Q&A to update us on his season with the Newport County Community side and announces the winners of the First Ever Luke Degilbert Awards.

Typically, living with autism can render it more difficult to communicate, form relationships and make sense of surroundings. However, Luke is an ambitious character and refuses to let his autism get in the way of his football dream of representing Wales.

How have you been since we last spoke?

Very good thank you mate busy but all good thank you hope you’re good to.

I saw on Facebook, that you got gifts from some players – what did you get?

Yes I have I got a signed photo from Ben Johnson & from Ex Villa Player Liam Bateman, West Ham player signed shirt from Shaun Tuton and signed program from Julian Joachim.

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Other stuff to come like signed top from Janoi Donacien, Danny Lloyd, Joshua Bennai and Naby Diallo and signed photo from Peter Lovenkrands.

I can't fault these players doing this for me rewarding me for how well I done and how far I've come and they are top people. I wish Janoi, Shaun Tuton, Danny Lloyd, Bennai, Ben Johnson and Diallo all the best for this season.

How is the season going for the Newport County Community?

Really good thank you I am training now ready for the tournament in July and be playing like Reading, Bristol, Exeter, Swindon etc and I'm really excited for it.

I think it be really good and all of us is looking forward to it.

Also playing at Rodney Parade was a amazing moment.

Tell us about the upcoming tournament in July?

Well, it's an11-a-side tournament in Swindon playing against Bristol, Swindon, Exeter and Reading. I think it will be really exciting and a really good day.

I'm really looking forward to it as everyone else is and I hope we do well in tournament and I can help the team by doing my best.

Are excited for the World Cup? Who is gonna win?

Yeah, I am. I think it be either between Belgium or Germany.

If you look at Belgium’s squad with likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Meunier.

For Germany you got Muller and Reus but one thing I was shocked about is they left Leroy Sane out. The lad has had a magnificent season with Man City, a Premier League title winner at his age he is a talent and a class player and should of gone.

Luke Degilbert Awards -

Premier League Player of the season?

Player of the season has got to be Mo Salah to come back to the Premier League and be in the form he was is magnificent. He has had a fantastic season and I think next season he could even get Liverpool as champions with the likes of him, Fabinho and Firmino as a front 3 and I think Liverpool's team is looking dangerous for next season I think.

Premier League Club of the season?

Has to be Man City.

The way they played this season and the football they played has been class. I think they have some very talented youngsters coming through to with likes of Phil Foden, Tosin Adarabioyo, Lukas Nmecha and the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Danilo Fernandinho, Leroy Sane, Ederson and the whole team and Guedioura have been has been superb.

I think Man City are team of season for me.

Premier League Manager of the Year?

Pep Guedioura for me, his style of play had been amazing and the way he gets the team going is superb.

For me he is the best manager in the Premier League right now and I think the way he motivates the players is awesome as well.

England Player of the Year?

Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling or Dele Alli for me

Harry Kane has been awesome for Tottenham thus season and some the goals he's scored has been class.

Raheem Sterling has been amazing for Man City this season, his style of play way, he makes runs and always finds at the right time to score he has been brilliant for me.

Dele Alli has had a great season for Tottenham and is a talented player at his age and if he keeps up his form he will be even better next season.

Wales Player of the Year?

For me Joe Allen, he is a quality midfielder and way he holds ball, makes passes and the ability he has is fantastic so for me has to be Joe Allen.

Aston Villa Player of the season?

James Chester amazing season he's had and I hope villa can keep hold of him for this season because he is a quality defender and has been Aston villas best player this season.

Aston Villa Young Player of the season?

Defo Jack Grealish what a player he is at 22 he's had a great second half to the season and if he goes Villa have lost a great talent he's another player villa need to keep because he is a quality player.

Newport County Player of the season?

Dan Butler, Dan has had a great season for Newport and has done a lot for county community like has been coming to the training sessions and supporting us so for me has to be Dan Butler.

Newport County Young Player of the season?

Ben white got it but for me mine was Dan butler good player and has had an amazing season but I think next season Josh Sheehan will have an awesome season to.

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Newport County Community Awards –

Player of the season?

There was a few contenders include myself but Jason got it and I am happy for him in his first season.

I think everyone had some well this season and I think it's been a great season.

Coach of the season?

All the coaches have done really way and have helped me with my football and way I play.

Most Improved Player?

Most improved I think there's a few who have improved like myself, Ethan Brussalis, Rob Taylor, Tom Tremanye and Crygg Colin.

I think everyone has improved and I think it's really good and everyone has done well.

Best Trainer of the season?

Best trainer lol I have to think about that one

Most Skilful Player of the season?

Well I'm quite skillful umm Rob Taylor and Colin are there are a few others to.

The Joker of the season?

Norman Parselle, he always tells jokes and tries nutmeg people and all that but fails with them half the time.

Hardhorse of the season?

There's a few who work hard for team so it's difficult to say.

Football Brain of the season?

I got a good football brain Colin, Rob and few others do to and can read the game well.


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