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Carling 'Player of the Month' Stephen Garrett

GARRETT NAMED 'PLAYER OF THE MONTH'

CLIFTONVILLE striker Stephen Garrett has been named Carling 'Player of the Month' for December.

The Reds frontman produced notable performances against Glentoran, Linfield and Crusaders during the month prompting the NI Football Writers' Association to choose him for the first time in his career.

The 23-year-old former Linfield and Newry City man told the Belfast Telegraph: "I'm delighted with the award because I didn't really see it coming.

"I had a goal disallowed against the Blues but the result was the main thing and it was particularly sweet for me as I've never managed to beat Linfield since leaving them and now I've won my first Player of the Month awards, so it's been a good few weeks for me."

Glentoran midfielder Jimmy Callacher finished second with Glenavon's Mark Haughey third.

In addition, Niall Henderson's grabbed the 'Goal of the Month' award following his strike for Dungannon Swifts in their defeat against Ballymena United.