The Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for August has been presented to Sligo Rovers striker Mark Quigley.
Shamrock Rovers' Ronan Finn came in second and third in the running was Pascal Millien, also of Sligo Rovers. Quigley last won the same accolade as a Dundalk player in March 2011.
This is Quigley’s third Player of the Month award having also collected the accolade in 2008, and this recognition for Sligo follows on from clubmate Danny North in June.
“I've won it a couple of times before and I suppose it is recognition that you have been playing well,” said Quigley ahead of Friday’s game at Bray Wanderers.
With four of Sligo’s six remaining games away from home, Quigley is keen to build on a memorable month of August which saw the Bit o' Red lose just one game in six outings.
“I've been in decent form recently and had a good run in the team, which I think has helped a lot,” said Quigley.
Aside from that EA Sports Cup loss at Drogheda United, Sligo were in impressive fashion with Quigley on song in their convincing domestic win over the Boynesiders.
Quigley again netted, this time in a crucial draw away to Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium before scoring again at home to UCD. The month finished with a credible draw at St Patrick’s Athletic.
“I think playing regularly has been the key to playing well. The six-game suspension at the start of the season didn't help and my calf played up a few times, but since then everything has gone well for me.
“Obviously, it is a team game, but it is nice to pick up individual awards as it shows that you have been doing well. But the main thing that I want to win is the League, which would be great for this team.”
For now though Quigley is fully focused on Friday’s visit to the Carlisle Grounds.
“Bray are a team that sometimes struggle, but I know from playing against them through the years that they always give you a tough game. We won't be taking them lightly, especially since it is on their patch,” said Quigley.
“We go into every game wanting to win and that won't be any different on Friday. Bray will be tough to beat, but we are playing well at the moment and we want to keep this run going right to the end of the season.”