NIFWA committee man Keith Bailie presents Linfield's Shayne Lavery with the Belleek trophy for Player of the Month.

NIFWA PLAYER OF THE MONTH - AUGUST 2019

Linfield forward Shayne Lavery has been named NIFWA Player of the Month for August.

The former Everton forward was the star of Linfield's incredible Europa League campaign, scoring a memorable solo goal against Qarabag at Windsor Park.

Lavery's sensational form earned him a call-up to Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming games against Luxembourg and Germany.

The 20-year-old joined Linfield this summer after leaving Everton.

Speaking from the Northern Ireland training camp, Lavery said, "It's a fantastic honour to win this award in my first month in the Irish League. I'd like to thank the Football Writers' for picking me.

"It's been a great few weeks for me. I really enjoyed playing for Linfield in Europe and I think we're now well prepared for the league season.

"I see this award and the call-up to the Northern Ireland squad as a bonus.

"Hopefully I get the opportunity to play against Luxembourg and show Michael O'Neill what I am capable of. But it's all part of the learning experience for me."

NIFWA selected Crusaders defender Chris Hegarty as runner-up, while Dungannon Swifts man Seanan Clucas is third.

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