Bury striker James Vaughan has won the League One Player of the Month award for January.

The 28-year-old joined the Greater Manchester club last summer and has been prolific since arriving at Gigg Lane. Vaughan has bagged an impressive 17 goals in his 26 games this season.

Last month, the striker scored seven goals in his five January appearances including finding the net four times in a 5-1 thumping of Peterborough United. Bury boss Chris Brass was full of praise,

“His award is fully deserved; his form has been fantastic.

“We always knew that he would score goals given the opportunity, and I am sure he will go on and score plenty more crucial goals before the end of the season.

“When somebody is in the form that he is in at the moment, its pleasing that he deservedly gets the award.

“There are some good players in this league and in my opinion, James is right up there amongst them and his goal tally last month is a fantastic return for any striker at any level.”

Behind Billy Sharp and Josh Morris, the forward is the third top-scorer in League One and the Shakers will be putting faith into Vaughan to fire the club out of the relegation zone. Bury are currently 22nd in the league and two points adrift of safety. After a disappointing loss to Shrewsbury Town last week, Chris Brass’ side entertain relegation rivals Swindon Town on Saturday in a vital fixture. A win would see Bury climb above the Robins.

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