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League Two - Football: Team of the Season

The dust is now beginning to settle on another thrilling season in League Two after Port Vale claimed victory in Saturday's playoff final.

The Valiants comprehensively beat Mansfield Town 3-0 at Wembley and they join champions Forest Green Rovers, as well as Exeter City and Bristol Rovers in sealing promotion to the third tier.

With the season now complete we have put together our League Two team of the season.

GK - Cameron Dawson - Exeter City

Goalkeeper had been a problem position for Exeter last season, but the loan signing of Dawson from Sheffield Wednesday proved a masterstroke. The 26-year-old kept 19 clean sheets in 50 matches across all competitions and missed just one league fixture as the Grecians secured automatic promotion with the second-best defence in the division.

RB - Kane Wilson - Forest Green Rovers

It is not often a right back is named as the league's best player, but that is exactly the honour that was handed to Wilson at last month's EFL awards. Forest Green now face a battle to keep hold of the 22-year-old, who provided the most assists in League Two this season (13), as well as chipping in with three goals.

CB - Jon Guthrie - Northampton Town

No team conceded fewer goals than Northampton in League Two this season, with centre-back Guthrie playing a major role. The 29-year-old ranked third for aerial duels won and clearances completed during the campaign, while at the other end he contributed eight goals.

CB - Fraser Horsfall - Northampton Town

You can't have one without the other, as Guthrie's central defensive colleague Horsfall also excelled for the Cobblers this season, winning more aerial duels than any other defender. Horsfall also contributed nine goals, including during the final day victory over Barrow, as Northampton were somehow pipped to automatic promotion by Bristol Rovers.

LB - Stephen McLaughlin - Mansfield Town

It might have been disappointment for McLaughlin and Mansfield in the playoff final, but it has still been a fabulous season for the Irishman on a personal note, as he was directly involved in 17 goals during the campaign from left back, scoring eight himself and providing nine assists.

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CM - Anthony Evans - Bristol Rovers

A summer arrival from Paderborn in Germany, like his club Evans endured a slow start to the season, but he was integral as Bristol Rovers rocketed up the table over the second half of the campaign. The 23-year-old was one of only two players to reach double figures for both goals (10) and assists (12), with two of his strikes coming in the final day thrashing of Scunthorpe United that sealed automatic promotion.

CM - Ebou Adams - Forest Green Rovers

A linchpin of the Forest Green side over the last three years, Adams was the combative midfielder that won more tackles than any of his team-mates during 2021/22. Rovers missed him when he was away with Gambia at the Africa Cup of Nations over the winter. They will have to get used to that though, as it was announced earlier this month that the 26-year-old will be moving to Cardiff City this summer.

CM - Harry McKirdy - Swindon Town

Love him or loathe him you cannot overlook the talents of McKirdy, so much so the versatile forward has been shoehorned into this team as a midfielder. Released by Port Vale last summer, McKirdy at last appears to have found a home at Swindon after scoring 22 goals this season, including two against his former club in the playoff semi-finals, although that was not enough to see the Robins through to Wembley.

ST - Dominic Telford - Newport County

It is impossible to leave out League Two's leading scorer, with Newport front man Telford having netted 25 goals in just 35 starts for the Exiles this season. However, only one of those strikes came after the end of February, as Telford and Newport's form faded over the final weeks of the season. That being said, the former Plymouth Argyle player cannot be overlooked.

ST - Jamille Matt - Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green were the leading scorers in League Two this season, with 42 of their 75 goals coming from their front two, including experienced striker Matt, who netted 19 and contributed nine assists in what was his best scoring season in the EFL. It is also the third time the 32-year-old has sealed promotion from the fourth tier having previously achieved the feat with both Fleetwood Town and Blackpool.

ST - Matty Stevens - Forest Green Rovers

The other half of Forest Green's potent attack, Stevens struck 23 league goals during 2021/22, finally establishing himself at The New Lawn after three years with the club. Rovers will be desperate to get Stevens back fit for their first season in the third tier, as the 24-year-old suffered knee ligament damage in early April that brought an otherwise fantastic season to a premature end.

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