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Cleary Wins SWAI Player of the Month

First Team News
// 12 Sep 2019

Dundalk FC’s Daniel Cleary has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for August.

It is the first time that Cleary has won the award, becoming the second Dundalk player to win it his season after Sean Gannon took the honour in May.

The Dublin native was understandably pleased with the personal accolade for his performances in August but, speaking after collecting his award, he said he felt he still has more to give the side.

“The last time I was nominated for the award was back in February 2018 after my first couple of games, so it was great to be nominated again and I’m delighted to win it,” said Cleary.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last 18 months or so since arriving in the SSE Airtricity League. I’ve grown as a player during that period but I think I’ve got more to give and I’m looking forward to showing that.”

There is still plenty to play for between now and the remainder of the campaign, with the Lilywhites fighting on three fronts.

Dundalk have had a hectic schedule since the conclusion of their European campaign against Slovan Bratislava which has seen the side play 10 matches in the past four weeks.

The 23 year-old isn’t looking too far ahead though, with the EA SPORTS Cup Final on Saturday first up.

“There’s no point thinking three or four games ahead when we’ve got another big one against Derry this weekend and an important league match at Waterford next Friday,” said Cleary.

“We’ll just take it game by game and see where that leaves us at the end of the season.”