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Bradford City's Josh Cullen named EFL Young Player of the Month

19 May 2017

Josh Cullen has been named the EFL Young Player of the Month for April, after helping guide Bradford City into the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs.

Cullen has been a model of consistency in the heart of the Bantams midfield this season, and he carried his fine form into the final month of the Sky Bet League One campaign.

The 21-year-old, who is on loan from West Ham United, delivered a string of impressive displays in April, as Bradford ensured a top-five finish with 13 points from a possible 18.

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Upon receiving the award, Cullen said: "It's a nice achievement for me personally to pick up, so I'm delighted to receive the award, especially at such an important time of the season.

"Every game is a massive game at this stage, and you really need to push on and perform as well as you can. I've just tried doing what I've been doing all season and it's great to be rewarded.”

Bradford manager Stuart McCall had high praise for Cullen after he collected the prestigious award, which has previously been won by the likes of Dele Alli, Wilfried Zaha and Jonjo Shelvey during their younger years.

The promising midfielder will be in contention for Saturday's Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final at Wembley, where the Bantams face Millwall for a place in the Sky Bet Championship, and McCall believes Cullen has a very bright future.

“Josh's knowledge of the game is superb,” the Bantams boss said. “He could have won this award any month to be honest because his consistency has been fantastic. I can’t keep speaking highly enough of him, he’s barely had a bad game.

“He’s mature beyond his years as a player; you’d think he’d been in the game a long, long time. He plays like a seasoned pro and he’s still such a young age.”

Each season EFL 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 eight and 18 registered with EFL clubs, making EFL Youth Development the largest centrally coordinated young player programme in world football.

EFL Young Player of the Month winners - Season 2016/17

August: Nathan Smith (Port Vale)
September: Tammy Abraham (Bristol City)
October: Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United)
November: Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers)
December: Frankie Kent (Colchester United)
January: John Swift (Reading)
February: Ryan Ledson (Oxford United)
March: Bright Osayi-Samuel (Blackpool)
April: Josh Cullen (Bradford City)

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