Jason McGuinness secured his third league winners medal on Saturday and has now added another award after being named Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association Player of the Month for September.
The towering centre-half was inspirational in Sligo Rovers league title winning run-in and helped Ian Barraclough’s to three wins and one draw in September as the Bit O’Red conceded just two goals in 360 minutes of top tier football.
McGuinness edged out Shamrock Rovers' in-form midfielder Ronan Finn for the award with Sligo team-mate Raffaele Cretaro taking third place in the vote.
This is the newly crowned league champion’s third Player of the Month accolade in 2012 as striker Danny North won the award in June with fellow striker Mark Quigley named player of the month for August.
The former Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers defender has played a major part in Sligo’s recent success, scoring three vital goals en-route to their 2011 FAI Cup success, while McGuinness has also scored three goals in 22 League games during 2012.
“I’m absolutely delighted to win the Player of the Month award, it really tops off what has been a fantastic season,” said McGuinness. “I suppose goalscorers usually get it, but I’m really thankful.
“But I have to say that I would never be in a position to win something like the Player of the Month without the help of my team-mates.
“And I think any one of Joseph Ndo, Gavin Peers, Seamus Conneely or Raffaele Cretaro could have won it.”
Since Sligo won the title at the weekend, McGuinness has been savouring the achievement.
“At the end of the game, I just dropped to my knees as I was in complete disbelief. I always had confidence that we could win the League, but how we did it was just amazing,” said McGuinness.
“We didn’t want to let people down. Before the game we were made aware just how much winning the league would mean to the local people and we could see that with all of the flags up everywhere.
“I suppose the hunger of the fans and our hunger came together and we were determined to win it. So it was great that we did it for them.”