Cairney is Jags’ player of the year

partick thistle, photo emma mitchell'2011/2012'paul cairney
partick thistle, photo emma mitchell'2011/2012'paul cairney

PARTICK Thistle’s Paul Cairney has been named the club’s player of the Year.

The midfield maestro received the backing from his team-mates just as he also picked up the Irn Bru Player of the Month for April gong for his efforts - including his memorable hat-trick at Dens Park.

Cairney (24), above, is hopeful he’ll be in amongst the prizes again at the Irn Bru End of Season Awards at the end of the month.

Technically season 2009/2010 was Cairney’s second as a Partick Thistle player but after joining Thistle from Queen’s Park in the summer of 2008 he was loaned back to Queen’s Park for the entirety of the 2008/2009 season.

He made his debut for the Hampden side in December 2005 and had been a key player for The Spiders since establishing himself in the first team at Hampden Park.

Despite Queen’s Park’s relegation from the Second Division in his final season, he was still nominated for the Second Division Players’ Player of the Year Award.

The player made a big impact during his first season at Firhill scoring eight goals from his berth in the Jags midfield.

Meanwhile manager Jackie McNamara confirmed two players have resigned contracts for next season.

Mark McGuigan, as expected, has signed a two-year contract after impressing greatly since joining the club on a short-term contract at the end of March. Mark is joined in extending his stay at Firhill by Conrad Balatoni, who has also signed a new two-year deal.