January 17, 2016
The Football League’s Young Player of the Month for December 2016.
It is Tom Lockyer.
The award covers players that play in all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League.
A mainstay of the Bristol Rovers defence this season, Lockyer was in impressive form through December.
In December The Pirates picked up three wins and two draws, ending 2015 top of the League 2 form table.
He has been deployed at the heart of both a three and four man defence during the month.
Tom Lockyer helped Darrell Clarke’s men to three clean sheets in five games with only two goals conceded.
A Bristol Rovers Academy graduate, Tom Lockyer made his debut as a 17-year-old in January 2012.
In the 2014/15 season, he made 49 appearances as Bristol Rovers won promotion back to The Football League.
On collecting The Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for December, Tom Lockyer said, “I’m quite surprised but I’m delighted to have won it. I’m honoured.”
Tom said, “When I was 7 my old man said to me, I don’t care if you have a bad game with the ball, what I can’t accept is you not trying.” “Having said that to me then he’s never had to have a go at me because of effort.”
Commenting on Tom Lockyer’s award, Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke said: “He epitomises everything I want in a player. He’s a born winner, you can see that in how he trains and how he conducts himself.”
David Wetherall, Head of Youth Development at The Football League, said :-
“Tom Lockyer has over 125 senior appearances to his name at just 21 years of age. He has already experienced football’s highs and lows which will stand him in great stead for the rest of his career.”
He added :- “Tom has performed to a consistently high level for Bristol Rovers in the first half of the season and has the makings of an excellent defender who with the right application could go far in the game.”
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