Newcastle United FC v CS Maritimo - Euproa LeagueThe winner of the North East Football Writers’ Association’s 2012 player of the year has just been announced…

Obviously it must have a been a tough choice; whether to go for the prolific Demba Ba, the exceptional Hatem Ben Arfa, excellent Tim Krul, or Fabricio Coloccini who was named by his fellow professionals in the best eleven players of last season?

So we can reveal the winner was…Simon Mignolet.

Yes, the mackem keeper was the local journalists’ choice, the fact they pick the player based on the calendar year rather than the football season does slightly confuse matters but even with that being the case, the brilliance of Hatem Ben Arfa should have seen him easily come out in front having carried his outstanding form in the second half of last season over into this current one.

The full result saw Mignolet finish ahead of Ben Arfa with Tim Krul third.

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