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Ndaba Named Salford Supporters' Player of the Year
Monday, 2nd May 2022 15:51

On-loan Blues defender Corrie Ndaba has been named Salford City’s Supporters' Player of the Year.

Ndaba joined the Ammies in August and has made 28 starts and two sub appearances, and scored first senior goal at Hartlepool last month, featuring at left-back as well as at the heart of the defence.

The 22-year-old was an unused sub for Salford in this afternoon's 2-2 draw at home to Mansfield, their penultimate game of the season. The Ammies are 10th, four points from the play-offs ahead of the final week.

“It’s unbelievable, I’ve just enjoyed my time here,” Ndaba told Salford's official website. “Since I first come it’s been unbelievable, I’ve fell in love with the fans, the players, the staff, it’s just been unbelievable.

“The love they’ve shown me I’ve never experienced anything like that before and it’s just, every time I’m on the pitch and I can hear them singing it gives me that extra boost, that extra confidence, when I’ve won my award there I couldn’t even get a word in they were still singing!

“The manager [Gary Bowyer]’s put a lot of trust in me and given me the chance to show what I can do and given me the chance to play so many games so I’ll be forever grateful to the manager, to Salford and again for me it’s just been unbelievable, that’s the only word I can use!”

The one-time Irish U21 call-up, who has previously had stints on loan at Ayr United, Hemel Hempstead and Chelmsford City, has made four starts for Town, all in cups.

Ndaba is contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2023 with the club having an option for a further season.

Speaking just over a week ago, Town manager Kieran McKenna said he was looking forward to having a closer look at the Dubliner.

“Corrie’s someone who’s had a good season,” McKenna said. “I haven’t been able to see him live yet, I’ve seen some stuff on video but I certainly want to watch much more over the next couple of weeks whenever our schedule closes down in terms of the games programme.

“He’s a good player, I like his profile, people have spoken highly about him over his time here and how he’s done at Salford, so he’s someone I want to have a closer look at and then decide what’s going to be the best pathway, both for him and for the club.”

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HighgateBlue added 16:04 - May 2
Fantastic effort. Can't ask any more of the lad.

(I'm not going to ask whether Hladky won this award in 2020-21 though... :) )

WhoisJimmyJuan added 16:17 - May 2
Well done Corrie. I have a feeling you'd be happy to stay there so please don't be disappointed to stay with us!

Edmundo added 16:19 - May 2
Could be the answer to our left side problem??

dirtydingusmagee added 16:39 - May 2
Well done Corrie.

MickMillsTash added 16:48 - May 2
Good effort
Was Hladky their player of the season last year?

Suffolkboy added 17:29 - May 2
Has shown obvious character and determination,as well as ability ; it clearly remains for our home Management and coaches to reassess his progress and talent , skill to adapt ,willingness to learn and come up to the standards ITFC are now to establish.Well done indeed !


Linkboy13 added 18:31 - May 2
Great news for next season . Let's hope he doesn't return to Portman road with a massive ego like Dimpson.

jas0999 added 19:31 - May 2
Congratulations to the lad!

PortmanTerrorist added 20:05 - May 2
Feel like we have a first team in which there is room for youth to get game time and state their case. Challenge for Corrie is the quality shown by Baggott makes me think 1 will go on loan again next season..... hopefully with a call back option.

Well done regardless. We seem to be able to develop defenders..... now for a striker or 2!!!

brian_a_mul added 20:45 - May 2
Well done Corey, clearly able for senior mens football. Players in L2 are big, hairy and tough. He has proven ready for the rough & tumble. With Baggot & Ndaba we have great cover now for CB roles. If anything it probably frees Baggot up for a loan move next season.

algarvefan added 23:16 - May 2
Great news and well done lad. Now come back and show K McK what you can do and I can see you fighting for a place in the first team. An excellent season for you.

KiwiBlue2 added 02:02 - May 3
The defense looks very good for next season assuming all are fit - Donacian, Edmundson, Woolfie, Burgess, Ndaba and Baggot. I also like the idea of Ndaba being tried on the left if K McK plays a back four although I suspect a back three might be his preference.
If it is a three then Donacian, Edmundson and Woolfie are likely starters with Burgess, Baggot and Ndaba as back up keeping the pressure on the starters to perform.
If we can add to the midfield and front hopefully we can be in the vanguard from the off.

ArnieM added 08:44 - May 3
Good lad, now get him back to Town and in our squad for next season along with Baggott ….

C_Jam_Blue added 09:52 - May 3
Interesting that he has excelled on the left side of their defence but I wonder in what kind of role and is it in a 3 or a 4? Would it transfer to the left side of our back 3, I presume he is not the counter-balance to Wes Burns on the left but could potentially give us the opportunity to go to a back 4 on occasion. I have not seen Salford play (except a few goal clips) so I am not sure how well his success there might adapt to our system.

runningout added 11:45 - May 3
Realise that some of you maybe older than Corrie “not Corey” This calling of Lad is a bit sad in my book. Or maybe I’m a bit of a moaner

Marinersnose added 12:16 - May 3
I firmly believe that Corrie will feature many times next season. He’s young quick strong and has great feet. A typical KMK type player who has knuckled down this season and reaped the rewards

Linkboy13 added 19:22 - May 3
Difficult to see him getting in at centre back but left back yes got all the attributes and an added bonus good in the air too. Still think Baggott will go out on loan dispite a promising start in the first team.

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