Lincoln City playmaker Morgan Rogers has been awarded the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award for March.
The England Under 18s star, who is on-loan at the Imps from Manchester City, scored three goals in the month, which all came in consecutive games and included some stunning strikes.
"I was happy and a bit shocked as I don’t really think about things like that," said Rogers.
"I was really happy to have won the award and appreciate whoever chose me to win it.
"Probably as an individual goal the Rochdale one was my favourite. I preferred the build-up play that led up to it before, when we were a bit deeper on the ball, then obviously been able to get in to the final third and then to finish it off – it’s just the all-round play that I prefer.
"I liked that the most but as long as the ball is in the net I’m just happy and I don’t really mind the way it goes in to be fair."
Since signing for Lincoln in January, Rogers has scored six goals in what has been a breakthrough campaign for the 18-year-old in Sky Bet League One.
"It’s the challenge that I wanted and the challenge I now have.
"I knew it would be tough, but I felt like that was the next part of my progression to play in League One so as soon as I heard teams were interested I was definitely up for it and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
"Initially it was a conversation between me and Man City and getting other people’s opinions about a loan move. I agreed with what a lot of those people had to say about Lincoln been the best opportunity for me to get me to my best and grow as a player."
A friend of reigning EFL Young Player of the Year Jude Bellingham, Rogers hopes that he can make a similar impact.
"When you see people before who’ve done it and the success that it’s brought them and the experiences it’s brought them it definitely makes you want to do the same thing and follow in their footsteps to try and progress.
"Those people who’ve done it before and proved themselves in the EFL inspire people like me.
"I know Jude personally so I’ve seen the development he’s had from when we were both young and playing against each other week in week out to now.
"It definitely gives you that drive that people around you have been so successful and have improved and got better.
"I speak to him quite often and we always speak to each other about our games and what we’re up to.
"I’m proud with the way he’s gone about his path so far and he’s killing it at the moment and that’s a testament to the person and the player that he is."