Midfielder Reece Brown has capped off a fine run of form for Forest Green Rovers by being nominated for the League Two Player of the Month award for October.
The 22-year-old is joined by MK Dons’ in-form forward Chuks Aneke, Bury striker Nicky Maynard and James McKeown, Grimsby Town’s goalkeeper, with the winner announced this Friday.
Brown has been pivotal in the heart of Forest Green’s midfield this season, and ended the month of October with two goals and two assists in two games, guiding FGR to wins over fellow play-off contenders Tranmere Rovers and Exeter City.
Brown has continued his stellar performances into November as he was a stand-out player in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat away at Lincoln City, levelling the scores after 12 minutes before seeing a bullet of a strike cannon off the crossbar before the break that would have handed Rovers the lead.
Having been keen to add to his goal tally, he has already eclipsed his tally of two goals from last term and now has six for the club in all competitions.
Brown has become known for his tricks and skills but has added a determined edge to his game this season and is still getting his trademark assists, setting up three goals to add to his goals in October.
The winners will be announced on Friday, October 9, with the judging panel comprising of Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL Trader Mikey Mumford.
The other nominees:
Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) - striker
Four goals in six games for the forward whose consistency in front of goal helped his side into the automatic promotion places. With the strength to outmuscle defenders, he also exudes calmness when a chance comes along.
Nicky Maynard (Bury) - striker
Has brought his pace and class to League Two. Brimful of confidence, he scored five of Bury’s eight goals in the month. None encapsulated his talents better than a brilliant swivel, driving run and clinical fish against Newport.
James McKeown (Grimsby Town) – goalkeeper
Four clean sheets in five games for a keeper at his shot-stopping best in October. Acrobatic as ever, he made a series of saves against Colchester and Crewe as well as a spectacular penalty stop to preserve a draw against Exeter.