One of the rising stars of the National League Ben Tollitt was nominated for a North West Football Award following a series of standout performances for Tranmere Rovers, and the 22-year-old lifts the lid on his feelings.
The Super Whites winger was originally a loan-signing from Portsmouth but Micky Mellon made the move permanent in January with the manager hailing the young man from Anfield as the “best player in the division”.
With just one appearance this season following an injury set-back, his 18 displays in the previous season have earned him the coveted nomination alongside the likes of Manchester United’s Angel Gomes and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Having his name alongside “big players” such as The Reds’ full-back, a team he openly supports, is something that he is pleased about with the currently sidelined midfielder just one week away from finding out the results.
On the nomination he said: “I did not even know I had been nominated, I was just flicking through Twitter and me mum sent me a notification saying I cannot believe my son has been nominated!
“I just looked at it and thought, I am up against some big players here, I did not even expect to get into the top-six, it was in the top-20 at the time and it has been whittled down to the top six and I am still in it.”
On his chances of being successful enough to win the award come November 13th with the awards ceremony entering its decade anniversary he said it was “fingers crossed“.
Previous winners include current United and England star Marcus Rashford and teammates James Norwood took home the award for National League player of the year for his stunning 19-goal tally in the season beforehand.
“Fingers crossed, I am not like thinking I am going to win it but I would love to win it, up against obviously, players I go and watch on a regular basis when I can when playing for Liverpool and things like that. Hopefully it goes well yeah.”