Cole Stockton has fought off tough competition to claim the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award for August.
The 27-year-old, who scored four goals in five appearances in league action last month, has enjoyed a strong start to the campaign, having already won August’s Goal of the Month for his brilliant solo effort against Ipswich Town on the opening day.
After signing a new two-year deal in the summer, Stockton is keen to push on following a positive start to the campaign.
He said: “I’m delighted, it’s great to be recognised as to what you’ve done for the starting month, and I’d love to go and do it again most definitely.
“On a personal note, I’m very delighted, it wouldn’t have come without the team as well.
“Just the way we’ve started, we go on about the goals and believing in myself, I’ve got to go again now, it’s nice to be recognised.”
Stockton, who scored 15 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions last season, believes the Shrimps’ positive start to the season will spur the team on throughout the campaign.
“It’s a new league, a new start for all of us and we’ve started very well,” he added.
“Going back to the Ipswich game, we should’ve won but like I always say, we would’ve taken a point before the game but I’m very delighted with it.
“I’m forever grateful for being recognised to what you do and I’m just looking to go again.”
Stockton’s contract extension became manager Stephen Robinson’s first piece of business after arriving at the Mazuma Stadium in June, and the former Motherwell man is delighted with the striker’s start to the season.
“Cole has started the season really, really well,” Robinson said.
“He has led the line brilliantly for us outside his goals, but he’s had an end product to his game, he’s scored crucial goals, very good goals.
“I think he’s the first to acknowledge the amount of work that the rest of the team put in as well, and he’s getting the end product, as I say he’s got this award and thoroughly deserved, but he knows it’s just a start and we need that to be the consistent performance throughout which I’m sure it will be.”