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Brentford starlet Adam Forshaw, Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Kevin McDonald and Swindon Town playmaker Alex Pritchard are on the three-man shortlist for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Year award.

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Kevin McDonald: Helps to make Wolves tick

Kevin McDonald: Helps to make Wolves tick

The winner will be announced this Sunday at the Football League Awards 2014, which take place at The Brewery in London.

Presented to the best player in the third tier of English football, the nominees have been voted for by managers of League One clubs.

Each manager was asked to list his top five players from this season in order, with the scores added up to get a shortlist and an overall winner.

Previous winners include Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth and deadly strike duo Jordan Rhodes, then of Huddersfield Town, and Craig Mackail-Smith, during his time at Peterborough United.

Here Sky Sports takes a look at the three nominees for 2014 in more detail.

Adam Forshaw (Brentford)

Forshaw had a bright 2012/13 but this season he has pushed on to become one of the mainstays of Brentford's bid to win promotion from Sky Bet League 1. The 22-year-old midfielder is an imposing player in the middle of the park for the Bees and helps knit things together well for Mark Warburton's men, while also taking on extra responsibility as Brentford's penalty-taker - four of his seven goals this season have come from the spot. The former Everton man is well regarded at Griffin Park by colleagues and supporters alike for his good attitude and consistent performances.

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Wolves moved for Scottish midfielder McDonald in August 2013 when they were starting their Sky Bet League 1 campaign, and have been rewarded for their purchase with a series of outstanding performances from day one. McDonald adds composure on the ball and has not just helped Wolves stabilise after successive relegations, he has been a big part of their push for an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship. The 25-year-old isn't a prolific goalscorer but when he does find the back of the net, there is only one outcome - Kenny Jackett's men have won each game in which he has scored for them.

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town)

You might call Alex Pritchard something of a lucky omen for Swindon Town this season as whenever he has scored for the Robins - he has netted seven times - they have avoided defeat, a sequence that also includes a Capital One Cup victory at Sky Bet Championship side Queens Park Rangers. But to define the 20-year-old in that way would be doing him a disservice, given the high level of performances he has been putting in on a regular basis for Swindon since joining on loan for the season from Tottenham Hotspur. Pritchard has taken his first run of consistent matches in his stride with his goals and assists marking him out as one of League 1's stand-out players for the season.

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