The winner for this season voted for by you is Shane Sutherland.
Shane started well at the start of the season and picked up points throughout the season coming on to his best form in March, April and the start of May before being injured in the away game at Arbroath. A well deserved winner and hopefully he will make a good recovery from the serious injury picked up at Gayfield. However, early indications are that Shane will be out long term. Congratulations on winning this trophy which was held for the last two seasons by runner up David Carson and a speedy recovery Shane.
|Full Name:||Shane Sutherland|
|Born:||October 23rd, 1990 (Wick)|
|Position:||Striker or inside forward|
|Signed:||July 1st, 2020|
|First Manager:||John Robertson|
|Left Club:||May 31st, 2021|
|Career Stats:||162 appearances, 21 goals|
|Debut (as sub):||August 1st, 2009 - Inverness CT 4 - 0 Annan Athletic (League Cup - Rd 1)|
|Full Debut:||September 22nd, 2010 - Celtic 6 - 0 Inverness CT (League Cup - Rd 3)|
|First Goal:||March 5th, 2011 - Inverness CT 3 - 0 Motherwell (League - )|
|Also Played For:||Elgin City, Peterhead|
- Signed From: ICT U-19s
Date Signed: July 2009
A young player who has come through the ranks and began to show excellent form last season. He made his 50th appearance for the club in the away fixture against Hearts at Tynecastle at the end of November 2011 and scored his first goal of the season against the same side on 21st January 2012 in Inverness. A very pacy and strong forward he will be looking to make a lot more appearances in the starting line-up this season. When given the opportunity, he has a lethal shot which has seen him scoring some excellent goals, both at senior level and also junior level. A lot will be expected of Shane this season as he strives to be one of the main strikers at the club.
Sutherland made his senior début for Elgin City in the Third Division on 23 January 2010, while on loan from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
He was released by Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the end of the 2012–13 season,and signed for Elgin City in July 2013. After two season with Elgin, Sutherland moved to Scottish League One side Peterhead in June 2015, signing a one-year contract. At the end of his contract Sutherland returned to Borough Briggs for his third spell with Elgin. In January 2019 he returned to Peterhead.
On 16 January 2020, Elgin announced that Sutherland would be leaving at the conclusion of the 2019–20 season to rejoin his first club, Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he is now a regular starter. At the end of season 20/21 having scored six goals Shane signed a one year contract extension. Shane has now gone on to make 162 appearances for the Caley Jags scoring 21 goals in total and 12 this season which included a vital one against Partick Thistle in the pay-off 1/4 final. Unfortunately he has suffered a serious knee injury in a play off game at Gayfield and will be out long term into season 22/23.
Player of the Year
Winner with 57 points Shane Sutherland
Second with 40 points David Carson
Third with 39 points Mark Ridgers
Fourth equal with 38 points Billy Mckay and Roddy MacGregor
Sixth with 36 points Scott Allardice
July Shane Sutherland
August Roddy MacGregor
September Michael Gardyne
October Michael Gardyne/Roddy MacGregor
November Billy Mackay
December Scott Allardice
January Mark Ridgers
February Sam Pearson
March Shane Sutherland
April Shane Sutherland
May Austin Samuels
The highest number of votes in a game is Reece McAlear for his great finish from Austin Samuels cross and his stunning free kick in the home playoff against St Johnstone.
The worst referee by far this season is Willie Collum for his disaster of a performance in the Arbroath away playoff game.
Thank you again for all your votes throughout the season.
Indebted to IBM and ictEWD. These guys have been working tirelessly in the background updating stats, adding current stats/results and new information to this site and keeping the voting polls going. Along with that Eric has produced a working master spreadsheet and Iain has collated all the votes over the last two seasons to come up with the Player of the Year once more. An onerous task all round but one carried out with due diligence.