Dundalk's Michael Duffy said he is targeting a place in the next Republic of Ireland squad after collecting the Airtricity League Player of the Month award for August. 

Duffy, who won the same award back in April, has been in superb form all season, hitting 11 goals in the league so far. 

Three of those strikes came in August, against Sligo Rovers, Shamrock Rovers and a crucial late one away to Limerick which helped Dundalk open a six-point lead at the table as the season enters the final straight. 

"I’m delighted to win it again," said Duffy.

"I’m enjoying how the season is going at the minute as I’ve been playing well. I just want to finish the year off on a high."We’re in a great position at the moment.

"It was a mad month, and with 15 minutes to go that night in Limerick we were only one point ahead of Cork, but we’ve dug in and results have gone our way."

The 24 year old Derry native represented Northern Ireland at U21 level but is keen to switch allegiance to the Republic of Ireland at senior level and has recently spoken to Martin O'Neill over the phone. 

"Since I got the call from Martin O’Neill, I’ve been doing well so hopefully next time around the papers will have gone through and he picks me in the squad," Duffy says.

Already this year, Graham Burke became the first player plying his trade in the League of Ireland to score an international goal for the Republic of Ireland since Ray Treacy in 1978. The Dubliner subsequently moved to Preston North End in the summer.