Norwich City's Gabby Sara and Jon Rowe are seen at the EFL Awards


Sara, who scored 23 goals in 43 Championship games, received recognition for his impressive performances for the Canaries this season and was recognized as one of the best performing players in the division.

The Brazilian scored the winner in Norwich's important 1-0 win over Preston North End on Saturday, taking them closer to the Championship play-offs, with a moment of individual brilliance from Sara making the difference.

Sara is just one of three Championship players to have scored double figures in both goals and assists, alongside Southampton's Adam Armstrong and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

The season's full Championship team consisted of: Mads Hermansen (Leicester City); Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton), Ethan Ampadu (Leeds United), Jacob Greaves (Hull City), Leif Davis (Ipswich Town); Gabriel Sara (Norwich City), Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City); Morgan Whittaker (Plymouth Argyle), Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers), Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United); Georginio Rutter (Leeds United).

Rowe lost out to Leeds United player Archie Gray for the Young Player of the Season award, while Birmingham's Jordan James was also nominated for the award.

The City winger has scored 12 goals and registered two assists in his debut season of regular senior football at Norwich, having only made his first senior start in the opening win over Hull when Rowe netted from distance.

Eastern Daily Press: Young Norwich City winger Jon Rowe has been named Young Player of the Season.Young Norwich City winger Jon Rowe has been nominated for Young Player of the Season. (Image: EFL)

Injury brought his season to a halt in February but Rowe made an impressive return with City's win at Deepdale on Saturday.

Rowe was also nominated for the EFL Goal of the Season award for his stunning individual strike against Hull in January, but was beaten by Ipswich's Wes Burns for his strike against Coventry in December.

Norwich was crowned winner of the Innovation Award for its “You Are Not Alone” campaign. The campaign is based on an impactful video that was shared on social media and resulted in over 7,000 inbound messages to the Samaritans.

City commercial director Sam Jeffery said: “We are all deeply honoured. We said right from the start that if we can help one person, we have achieved something.”

“It was developed as a targeted strategy to help our community and unfortunately it emerged as a result of a real statistic: in the East of England the danger zone for male suicide has been 49 for the last five years. That’s that.” Average age of our season ticket holders.

“This was an incredible validation for our team, producing everything in-house on a really small budget. It’s absolutely humbling.”

The awards ceremony took place at Grosvenor House in London, attended by a delegation of city officials, including sporting director Ben Knapper.