Doyle picks up FAI award

Royals striker picks up national team award

Doyle: Ireland's player of the year

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Reading striker Kevin Doyle has been named Republic of Ireland's senior player of the year for 2008.

The award caps an eventful weekend for the 25 year-old after he was knocked unconscious during the Royals' 0-0 Championship draw with Preston on Saturday.

The former Cork ace beat off new Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given and Manchester United defender John O'Shea to second and third place respectively.

Doyle sat out of Ireland's training session on Monday due to the clash with Preston's Andy Lonergan but is expected to be fit for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at home to Georgia.

"It was a clash with the keeper and it was a massive bang. I was out for about five seconds," he explained.

"The physio came over and checked me out. I wasn't 100 per cent about what went on, but I played on as I didn't know any better.

"In the end they took me off as I was looking fairly dozy. My memory is still fine, it's just a headache, sore neck and a bit of drowsiness.

"I would be stood down for a few days if it was an official concussion, but because my memory is fine and I played on, it should be okay."

Celtic's Aiden McGeady picked up the young player of the year award with Ipswich's Owen Garvan receiving the Under-21 prize, while Wolves striker Andy Keogh's strike against Serbia in May was awarded goal of the year.