Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has been named the Welsh Footballer of the Year for 2012 after a year in which he flourished at Swansea and earned a move to Merseyside.
Allen was one of the star perfumers for the Swans last season as they entertained and excelled during their first season in the Premier League under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers.
After Rodgers was appointed successor to Kenny Dalglish as manager of Liverpool, Allen soon followed his former manager to Anfield and signed for the Reds for £15 million.
The fee paid by Liverpool was a record for a Welsh player, and the 22-year-old joins a number of famous players from his country to have donned the famous Red of the club.
Allen has impressed since becoming a Liverpool player, even if the results during Rodgers' brief tenure have not been up to scratch so far.
Allen beat the likes of Swansea captain Ashley Williams and Tottenham star Gareth Bale to claim the Welsh award on this occasion, with the former having collected the going on in the previous two years.
The Liverpool star polled the most votes from journalists and broadcasters, who analysed the 12 months from October 2011 onwards, and Allen won out over some illustrious rivals.
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