TOM Hannigan has completed a remarkable transformation in his Altrincham fortunes by being voted player of the season by his team-mates and the club's supporters.

The double accolade was the highlight of an awards evening at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday evening, following a 1-1 draw at Ashton United in the final scheduled fixture of the campaign, as Hannigan picked up both trophies for some sterling performances at the heart of Alty's defence.

Signed by Neil Young from AFC Fylde in May, 2016, he damaged knee ligaments in only his second competitive appearance for Alty, and after finally fighting his way back to fitness, another injury setback promptly brought his debut season at The J.Davidson Stadium to an abrupt end.

The 30-year old's injury curse struck once more a couple of months into last season, but he again battled his way back to become the defensive lynchpin of Alty's surge towards the Evo-Stik Premier League title.

He has not looked back since and has been a virtual ever-present this season, making 38 league starts in Alty's march towards the play-offs and, in the words of manager Phil Parkinson, being 'rock solid throughout'.

With Alty due to play Blyth Spartans in the play-offs at The J.Davidson Stadium last night, Parkinson made several changes to his line-up at Ashton and explained his thinking by saying: "I was going to go full strength, but I just thought it would be too risky.

"Having to do without Andy White because of his ankle injury is a massive blow to us – I wouldn't have forgiven myself if we had ended up losing another player for whatever reason.

"As it is, we came through unscathed and we didn't lose, so it worked out okay.

"I thought Sean Williams was outstanding and Callum Dolan was a shining light.

"James Poole probably should have scored with a header and Josh Hancock hit the post, but Ashton hit the post as well near the end, and overall we didn't really do enough to win it."