Academy boss on Drey's displays.
Colchester United Academy Manager Tony Humes believes that a great deal of hard work has gone into Drey Wright's award shortlisting.
Their progress provides a perfect example for others about the rewards of hard work.
The U's have also seen Alex Gilbey make his first team debut this season, whilst current first year trainees Macauley Bonne and Tom Lapslie have also travelled with the senior squad this season.
"He is still very much a young man, who is yet to turn eighteen, and being involved in the first team squad for the whole season is a great accomplishment."
"This is a testimony to how hard Drey has worked throughout this season and to how he has managed to adjust to the first team environment," Tony told the official website.
And Tony believes that hard work by Drey and by the whole of the backroom team is behind his final place.
Drey was one of three players named in the final of the League One Apprentice of the Year at this year's Football League Awards - alongside Luke James of Hartlepool United and George Willis of Sheffield United.
Tony added: "This is also an acknowledgement of the work of those behind the scenes in the Academy, the first team and the rest of the club.
"The young lads know that there is a pathway from the youngest age groups in the Academy through to the first team if you work hard enough and you're good enough.
"It stands what we are doing in great stead and shows everyone that we're moving in the right direction."