Notts County striker Jon Stead has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for SeptemberAt 33, Stead shows no sign of slowing down, with five goals in as many games to take his season’s tally to nine.
Always willing to drop deeper to link up play, a lovely strike against Leyton Orient showed he is comfortable shooting from distance.
Notts County manager John Sheridan said: “He’s played a massive part for us so far this season. To be fair to him, he’s made a lot of the goals himself. We know he’s got that ability - he’s played at a high level for most of his career and I’m very pleased to have him in my team.
“I’m very pleased for him that he’s won it - it’s recognition for his really good start to the season."
Stead said: “I’m very happy - I’ve had a decent month and scored goals. Sometimes, especially with managers, you can get this award and then things go horribly wrong! Hopefully there’s no curse involved and I can carry on scoring.
“It’s nice to be recognised across the division. I think the last one I got was at Huddersfield, so it’s only taken me another 13 years to get one!"
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Jon Stead has never been what you’d call a prolific goalscorer but he’s had a very good career and a wonderful goal scoring start to the season including a terrific September.
“The journeyman striker is enjoying a renaissance late in his footballing career and with nine goals already this season he’ll be hoping he can keep Notts County in the Play-Off places.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Jon Stead has been a fan favourite for many of his previous clubs, working hard and leading the line in a spirit which embodies the English game.
“However, he hasn’t had a purple patch like the one he is currently in since the first half of the 2003/04 season back at Huddersfield.
“With nine goals in 10 starts so far, Stead is on for his best ever season of goalscoring.”
The judging panel for the Sky Bet Player of the Month comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.