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Newcastle skipper Coloccini named North East Player of Year

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has been named North East Player of the Year.

The 29-year-old Argentinian beat off competition from team-mate Cheick Tiote and Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley to claim the prize.

Middlesbrough's England Under-21 international Joe Bennett topped the vote in the Young Player of the Year category.

The pair will be presented with their trophies at the north-east Football Writers' Association's annual dinner at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, on Sunday, November 27.

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