Brentford’s Community and Players’ Player of the Year Romaine Sawyers feels this is the year he announced himself on the Sky Bet Championship. The 26-year-old enjoyed a stellar second season with The Bees scoring five goals, with five assists, in 44 matches. Having picked up a brace of awards at last Sunday’s awards dinner, as well as finishing runner-up in the Supporters’ Player of the Year, Romaine paid tribute to his teammates for bringing the best out of him.
“Ever since I have been here I have always said consistency is key,” Romaine told iFollow after winning his awards on Sunday. “Over the season I have been consistent and it is good to be recognised and praised for that; my thoughts and their thoughts have been the same. [My teammates] see me play week in week out and know me as a human, day in day out. I wouldn’t be here without them because every day they push me to be better; I can’t thank them enough. I have always had banter with Richard O’Kelly about not being a Championship player yet but now I most definitely am. Now it is about building on this and kicking on. I feel that I am an integral part of the team now and I have to push others the way they push me.”
As well as recognition for Romaine as a player, there was also recognition for the work the St Kitts and Nevis international does with the club’s award-winning Community Sports Trust. As the Trust’s Kick It Out ambassador and a frequent participant at Community events, Romaine feels it is important that footballers use their standing in society to do good.
“Coming from a not-so privileged community, I am now on the other side of the fence,” revealed Romaine. “Going back and giving back means a lot to me as does seeing the smiles on the faces. Everyone wants to be a footballer growing up and I am fortunate enough to do it. I just have to use that platform in the right way. With football being the most dominant sport across the world, we have to push out the positive messages.”
After an arduous Championship season, players might be forgiven for switching off over the summer months, but not Romaine. With the World Cup on the horizon, Romaine is looking forward to watching the best players in the world in Russia next month as he aims to take his game to another level.
“Every day is a learning day, especially with the World Cup this summer,” said Romaine. “I am going to try and learn some of the tricks of the trade from the best players in the world. I am not at the peak of my powers and even Messi and Ronaldo, as the best two players in the world, are still learning. The moment you think you have found your level you are going to baseline and you always want to be rising.”