Aiden McGeady has got his mojo back and just in time, as far as Martin O’Neill is concerned.
The 30-year-old Preston North End winger bagged three goals and four assists in February, helping Simon Grayson’s side in their hunt for a play-off position and his form has been recognised in the form of the monthly accolade.
With a crucial World Cup qualifier to come against Wales on March 24, the news will come as a welcome boost to O’Neill.
“It’s a great accolade to get, to see your form recognised over the past month,” McGeady told EFL.com
“I feel like I’ve been pretty consistent all season but, obviously, a few goals and a few assists grab the headlines. 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.”
Grayson was effusive in his praise of the former Celtic and Everton midfielder and emphasised how lucky he felt Preston were to have a player of McGeady’s talents in their ranks.
“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,” said the Preston boss.
“Let’s hope in another month we are talking about him winning another award but we are very pleased for him and I am proud to be his manager.”
McGeady has featured 24 times in the Championship this season, scoring a total of four goals.
Preston, whose ranks are swelling with Irish players at the moment, sit just outside the play-off positions in ninth.