Anthony Elding has been named as the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for March.
The Sligo Rovers man is the first recipient of the award this season. He made his Rovers debut against Glentoran in the Setanta Cup at the beginning of March, having started his professional career with hometown club Boston United in 2001.
Elding scored six goals in as many league games in March and has nine in eight games for Sligo overall this season.
Elding pipped Rory Patterson (Derry City) and Barry Murphy (Shamrock Rovers) for the March award.
"Winning the award is quite special considering I was close to giving the game up not that long ago" - Anthony Elding
Elding said: “I’m over the moon with the award. As a striker, you want to score a few goals and have an impact on games, but I didn’t think it would go this well so early on.
“Winning the award is quite special considering I was close to giving the game up not that long ago.
"I have won awards in the past, but to do it in another country, when you are relatively unknown, is something special.
“I am surprised [at the start to the season]. I started well when I was in Hungary as I scored eight goals in my first 15 games, which was really good. I’m someone who believes in their own ability and I know that I will score goals.”
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough added; “He’s had a great start and I’m sure he would be the first one to say that he is surprised about that.
“It always helps striker to settle in quickly when they get a few goals. Anthony will be the first one to admit that and also to highlight the contribution of others in the team.”