Lee Camp has been named Nottingham Forest's official Player of the Year.

The goalkeeper was the clear winner of a supporters' poll, beating Wes Morgan into second spot and club captain Paul McKenna into third.

Camp joined Forest from QPR last summer has been a key figure in the club's promotion push, keeping 18 clean sheets in the Championship.

Camp, who polled 895 votes, almost 200 hundred more than runner-up Morgan was presented with his award by manager Billy Davies before the game against Plymouth.

The 25 year old admitted: "I won Young Player of the Year in my first season at Derby and I was runner-up at QPR but this is the first time I've won the big one. It's quite overwhelming.

"I'm delighted - when the fans vote for you it's extra special because they pay their money and this is a token of their appreciation of what I have been doing, all the hard work I've put into my performances and the pride I take.

"It's something I'm very proud of.

"I was reading the other day about the guys who have won it over the years and I'm up there with some great names … what an honour."

Camp admits he move from QPR to The City Ground last summer following a successful loan spell with us had given him a new lease of life.

That has certainly been reflected in his performances, prompting Davies to question whether there's a finer exponent of his art outside the Premier League.

The man himself, though happy to lap up the plaudits, has also been quick to pay tribute to his defensive colleagues.

"I would be the first one to say that the boys in front of me have been fantastic," he says.

"I'm sure it was very close but to come out on top is great.

"The success of the side this season has been based around the defensive unit we've had.

"It was something the manager made very clear to us in pre-season that we had to start at the back and make sure we tightened up because the amount of goals we conceded last season from set plays wasn't acceptable.

"Someone with his high standards wasn't going to accept that."

He adds: "Wes Morgan would have been a candidate for the award because he's hardly missed a game and has been his usual self.

"Kelvin Wilson has had an exceptional year, as has Chris Gunter who has found himself playing out of position at left back recently and then there's Chris Cohen, who for me is an unsung hero.

"The amount of work and effort he puts in is incredible - he plays right wing, left wing, centre midfield, left back and he's eight out of 10 every week. He's a top professional and I'm sure he had a few votes as well."

Few can question the professionalism of Camp, whose current situation contrasts sharply with what he found himself facing 12 months ago.

Back then he was in the shadows at Loftus Road wondering what the future held but hasn't looked back since securing a career invigorating switch back to his native East Midlands.

He adds: "At QPR a family club changed overnight into a rich man's plaything and it suffered for it.

"But I've come to a club that is family orientated. Everyone behind the scenes are great and care about the club. People bend over backwards for this place.

"There's a lot of home grown talent in the squad and they take an immense pride in playing for the club.

"And myself, from being just down the road, I know exactly what sort of football club this is - it's steeped in tradition and history.

"It's going in the right direction and to be part of that is a great honour."

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