Luton Town midfielder Cameron McGeehan has been named The Football League’s Young Player of the Month for February.The award covers players that play in all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League.
With three goals in five matches, McGeehan’s eye-catching form helped the Hatters into the Play-Off reckoning as they claimed an impressive 10 points through the month under manager Nathan Jones.
Currently Luton’s joint top scorer with 12 goals for the season, McGeehan started February with a stunning match-winning half-volley, sealing an impressive 1-0 away victory at fellow promotion chasers Wycombe Wanderers. His second goal of the month came from the penalty spot in a 3-1 win over Hartlepool while his third – a close range header from a corner - also proved valuable as Luton went on to defeat York City 3-2.
McGeehan’s footballing career began at Fulham’s Academy. Six years at Chelsea then followed before the young Londoner moved east to Norwich City where he won the FA Youth Cup.
His breakthrough in to first team football soon followed as he joined Luton on loan helping them to the Conference title in 2013/14 with a number of crucial goals. In 2014/15 McGeehan gained more valuable Football League experience with Cambridge United and then enjoyed a second loan spell at Luton before signing permanently at Kenilworth Road in June 2015.
On collecting The Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for February, McGeehan said:
"I am really privileged and happy to have won the award. It is a nice bit of recognition for me."
Talking about previous winners of The Football League Young Player of the Month award, McGeehan added:
“It is amazing to be in the same sort of bracket as those players - like Deli Alli, who open the door for every other young player - showing them what it takes to play in The Football League and then go on and hit the heights of scoring for England against France.”
Commenting on McGeehan’s award, Luton Town manager, Nathan Jones said:
“Cameron is a self-motivated player. He trains hard, has the desire to do well, listen - and with that kind of attitude and ability that he has, we’re delighted to have him.
“Since I’ve come in he has been fantastic. He has contributed some really important goals as he has done all season and he’s the type of player we want here."
Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £60m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent.
There are 8,500 young players between the ages of 8 and 18 registered with League clubs, making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football. Over 200 players aged 21 or under make their professional debuts for Football League clubs each season.
Commenting on McGeehan’s award, David Wetherall, Head of Youth Development at The Football League, said:
“Cameron McGeehan has been in excellent form for Luton this season and despite being just 20 years of age, he is already proving himself as an important first team player.
“McGeehan’s performances in February have been impressive and Luton will no doubt be hoping he can maintain his goal scoring form between now and the end of the season”
Each month the accolade is awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in first team football.