Portadown defender Ross Redman has been named Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Belleek Player of the Month for December.
Redman beat Glentoran winger Stephen Carson into second place with Ports teammate Kevin Braniff third.
Ultra-consistent Redman scored his first goal of the season and made five assists last month as Portadown began a revival which has seen them push towards the top half of the table.
Their only defeat in the month was to Glentoran when Portadown had two players sent off in a six-goal thriller.
Redman said: “It is an absolute honour to win this award, my first. There are not many accolades for left backs, it’s more of an unsung position, but it’s good to see we are being noticed.
“We’ve been playing well for the last couple of months after a poor start, when we had too many draws.
“But now we are aiming for the top half of the table and as there is not many points between third place and sixth place, if we keep our good form there is no reason why we can’t still get a place in Europe at the end of the season.”