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Cousins named Young Player of the Month

22 November 2013

Charlton Athletic's Jordan Cousins has been awarded The Football League's Young Player of the Month Award for October.

The award covers players that play in all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League.

The 19-year-old defensive midfielder from Greenwich, who only made his first-team debut for the Addicks earlier this season, helped Charlton to an impressive unbeaten month in the Sky Bet Championship that saw them concede just one goal in their four games.

Cousins is a product of the club's Academy having joined them as a 13-year-old, and in 2012 was named the League 1 Apprentice of the Year at the annual Football League Awards.

On receiving this latest recognition, Cousins said: "It is a great honour and it means I'm at least doing something well. I need to keep my head down, keep working hard and keep putting in performances.

"Everybody in the team contributed to this as they have all helped me. The experienced players have helped me a lot and pulled me along."

Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell added: "It is a wonderful accolade for a fine young player and fine young man.

"He has been a breath of fresh air. We have got a few youngsters in and around the squad but he has come in and played as if he has been playing for a long, long time.

"It is down to him to become the player I and many others feel he can be. Hopefully we have got a player who will have a very, very good career."

Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £40m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent. Around a third of this money (£12.6m) is provided by the Football Association and Premier League.

There are 8,700 young players registered with League clubs making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football. In the 2013/14 season to date, 108 players aged 21 or under have made their professional debuts for Football League clubs.

David Wetherall, Head of Youth Development at The Football League, said: "In winning the Apprentice of the Year Award back in 2012 Jordan showed he had all the attributes needed to make a successful career for himself. With his contribution to Charlton's performances last month, it's pleasing to see the hard work he has put in is now starting to pay dividends."

Each month the accolade will be awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in first team football. To be eligible the player must be either under 21 years of age or be playing in the season during which he turns 21. Currently a third of all players registered with Football League clubs are eligible to be considered for this award.

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