AIDEN McGEADY IS hitting form at just the right time from an Irish perspective.
Ahead of this month’s crucial World Cup 2018 qualifier against Wales in Dublin, McGeady has been named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month.
The 30-year-old Preston North End winger enjoyed a fantastic February, during which he scored three goals for his club as well as contributing four assists.
“I think some of his performances with the ball have been outstanding, he’s had the end product as well and he’s got the goals that his performances have warranted this year,” said Preston North End manager Simon Grayson.
“I think he prefers to recognise what the other players have done for him as well, the players who have grafted, got him the ball and helped along the way to contribute to this award.
“It’s great for him, I think it’s been fully warranted given the month of February, he had a really outstanding month and we are fortunate to have him here.
“Let’s hope in another month we are talking about him winning another award but we are very pleased for him and I’m proud to be his manager.”
McGeady, who’s still contracted to Everton, joined Preston last August on a season-long loan deal. The Lancashire club are currently in ninth place in the Championship, nine points adrift of the play-off places.
The former Celtic and Spartak Moscow player saw off competition from Huddersfield Town’s Izzy Brown, Brentford winger Jota and Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City to win the award.
McGeady said: “It’s a great accolade to get, to see your form recognised over the past month. I feel like I’ve been pretty consistent all season but obviously a few goals and a few assists grab the headlines. But the main thing is that the team has been doing well.
“I’m enjoying my football again; just playing games again really. I had sort of forgotten what I could play like because I hadn’t really played that much. It’s a good environment to play my football in and I’m loving it.”