Patrick McEleney has been awarded the SSE Airtricity and Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for June.
The Dundalk midfielder has scored four goals in five games for the Lillywhites and is likely to play a big part when they host Rosenborg in the second qualifying round of the Champions League tomorrow night.
The 24 year old from Derry signed for Dundalk back in December 2015 and he admitted that while it's a good feeling to win the award, his main focus is on the team effort.
“It’s always nice to get individual awards and it’s my first one, but the team are playing really well since the break and that’s the most important thing.
“I got four in four and then didn’t manage to score against Bohemians. The one against Drogheda, the chip, that kicked it all off for me. I think that would be my favourite goal that I scored. It kick-started a good run for me and gave me confidence.
“The defeat to Cork just before the break was tough to take. We had to go away, come back and put our heads down, which we have done. We’ve been playing really well since the break.”
He secured the top prize ahead of Cork striker Sean Maguire and Bohs midfielder Keith Ward, who finished in second and third respectively.