FORMER York City midfielder Ben Godfrey was named Sky Bet League Two's LFE Apprentice of the Year at Manchester's Football League Awards night.

Godfrey, who went to school at Archbishop's Holgate, was recognised for his achievements on and off the pitch for his home-town club prior to signing a three-and-a-half year contract with Premier League Norwich on his 18th birthday in January.

That transfer could be worth as much as £1million if Godfrey meets his full potential in coming years.

The award was presented in front of more than 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry, although the Minstermen declined an invitation to attend

Godfrey beat off competition from Luton Town’s Frankie Musonda and former Barnet defender Hakeem Odoffin, who is now at Wolves, to the prize, with scholars and first-year professionals all eligible for consideration.

After making his senior debut in August, Godfrey made 15 appearances in total and scored against then leaders Plymouth before his Carrow Road switch.

On winning the award, he said: “It’s in my long list of proud moments this season and is a reward for all the people around me that have put in a lot of hard work, at both Norwich and York City”

Judges took into account the record of the player in all competitions since he became an apprentice as well as his educational attainment, disciplinary record and any other outstanding achievements.

Godfrey received a cheque for £500, along with the trophy, while City will also pocket £1,000.

Oxford United's Kemar Roofe, meanwhile, was named League Two Player of the Year at the same ceremony.