MAX CLEWORTH admitted it was a terrific contest with Arthur Okonkwo to claim a top accolade during another promotion-winning campaign for Wrexham.

Capping off a terrific campaign, centre-back Cleworth was named as Wrexham’s young player of the season for a second time, having previously picked up the accolade in 2021-22.

The 21-year-old produced a series of impressive performances in defence, helping Wrexham secure a top-three finish in League Two to make it back-to-back promotions for the first time in the club’s history.

Cleworth, who came through the youth ranks at The Racecourse, made 31 appearances and becomes a two-time promotion winner after helping Phil Parkinson’s side win the National League title following a record-breaking 2022-23 campaign.

But the defender knew Okonkwo, who enjoyed a successful season-long loan from Premier League giants Arsenal, was also a contender for the top gong.

“I was obviously really pleased to get it,” he told the Fearless in Devotion podcast.

“Expecting it? I don’t know. Obviously it was close.

“I knew Arthur (Okonkwo) has had an unbelievable season.

“Deservedly got in the team of the year as well.

“So, I knew he could have well deserved the award as well.

“But, obviously, I was really pleased to get it, especially coming from the fans. Obviously being from the Academy as well, it means that little bit more, I guess. So, I was really happy.”

Reflecting on the awards evening itself, Cleworth added: “I remember the one a few years ago was just at the ground and I think it was streamed on YouTube or something.

“So, they’ve gone up a level I think since then.

“But it was quite a nice evening. Obviously nice to have all the lads, the staff there.

“Obviously the women’s team as well getting their recognition as well, so it was a nice evening.”