Preston North End’s Aiden McGeady has been named February’s Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month, as announced on the EFL website this morning.
The 30-year-old was a driving force in the Lilywhite’s impressive form last month as Preston went five games undefeated and accumulated 11 points. McGeady, who is on a season-long loan from Everton, has impressed critics during his time at Deepdale and bagged three goals during February, including a brace in a 4-2 victory over Brentford.
The Republic of Ireland international was delighted to receive the award, “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 was happy to see his player recognised for his performances, “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.”
A fine run of form in February gave Preston a realistic chance of reaching the play-offs but two games without a win in March mean Grayson’s side are nine points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday in sixth place with ten games remaining. Preston entertain Reading on Saturday in a tough test.