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Aiden McGeady Named Championship Player Of The Month

10 March 2017

PNE winger Aiden McGeady has been named as the SkyBet Championship player of the month for February.

The on-loan Everton man has been in fine form for the Lilywhites this season but showed just how influential he could be last month, scoring three goal and setting up four others as North End kept up the pace with the top six. 

McGeady has quickly become a fans' favourite for his trickery and skills on the pitch, proving to be an exciting player to watch for the supporters. 
It's clear the Republic of Ireland international is enjoying his football again at Preston North End, and on picking up the award, McGeady was grateful to the manager for giving him a new lease of life. 

On the award, the 30-year-old said: "It's a great accolade to get, to see your form recognised over the past month. I feel like I've been pretty consistent all season but obviously a few goals and a few assists grab the headlines but the main thing is that the team has been doing well.
"I'm enjoying my football again. Just playing games again really, I had sort of forgotten what I could play like because I hadn't really played that much.
"It's a good environment to play my football in and I'm loving it."

Manager Simon Grayson, who was shortlisted for the manager of the month award,  was delighted to secure McGeady on loan for the season back in August, and has praised his impact since joining the club. 

"I think some of his performances with the ball have been outstanding, he's had the end product as well and he's got the goals that his performances have warranted this year.
"I think he prefers to recognise what the other players have done for him as well, the players who have grafted, got him the ball and helped along the way to contribute to this award.
"It's great for him, I think it's been fully warranted given the month of February, he had a really outstanding month and we are fortunate to have him here.
"Let's hope in another month we are talking about him winning another award but we are very pleased for him and I am proud to be his manager."

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “It’s fair to say that Aiden hasn't had it easy since making the move south of the border, following largely unsuccessful spells at Everton & Sheffield Wednesday, but his form in February was exemplary.

“His creativity, trickery and goals have coincided with an upturn in Preston’s form and wins against Birmingham, Brentford and QPR catapulted them up the league.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Aiden McGeady has only started 20 matches in a season once since leaving his first club Celtic in 2010. 

“In his new role at Preston he has had a run of games since November and has really started to flourish. 

“February was an unbeaten month for the men from Deepdale and McGeady was the heart and soul of that run, bagging three goals and several assists. 

“His performance in the victory over Brentford especially stood out, he managed a 25/1 brace of goals, as well as constantly running at the Brentford back line and creating countless chances. 

“After leaving Everton it will McGeady’s ambition to return to England’s top flight for another crack, his Preston side are 22/1 for a Play-Off appearance this May at Wembley.”

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