Rangers loanee Ben Williamson has clinched the Young Player of the Year award at Arbroath despite only joining the Championship outfit in mid-January.
The 19-year-old midfielder featured regularly for the Gers B team over the first half of the season and was rewarded for his strong performances after the turn of the year with a contract extension until the summer of 2022.
Good luck, Ben. pic.twitter.com/WDrln9vUew
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) January 13, 2021
He was then immediately sent out on loan to Arbroath to get a first taste of senior competitive football and he took to life in the Championship like a duck to water.
Williamson’s arrival coincided with a dramatic improvement in form for the Red Lichties and he secured a number of Man of the Match awards and a place in an SPFL Team of the Week.
The teenager played the full 90 minutes of Arbroath’s final game of the season on Friday night, a 0-0 draw with Queen of the South at Gayfield Park.
There was no official update from the second-tier club’s social media channels, as they are taking part in the ongoing social media boycott, but Williamson’s father tweeted confirmation on Saturday that his son had received the Young Player of the Year Award.
Proud dad moment @benwilliamsonnn winning young player of the year at Arbroath . Ben has loved his time at Arbroath we can only thank them and we both wish them well next season . pic.twitter.com/zK017K8O9I
— Jim Williamson (@JimWill21450578) May 1, 2021
It’s an impressive achievement from the exciting talent, especially given that he wasn’t even at the club for the first few months of the season.
Overall, he made 18 appearances under manager Dick Campbell and scored one goal, which came in a 4-0 win over Ayr United in mid-April.