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In-form Healy tops award poll again

Declan Rooney

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Matt Healy. Photo: Huw Evans/Sportsfile
Matt Healy. Photo: Huw Evans/Sportsfile

Three tries in five games has seen Connacht winger Matt Healy named the province's Player of the Month for January in association with Hartmanns Jewellers and Seiko Watches.

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This is the second year in a row that the former Lansdowne winger has picked up the first player of the month award of the calendar year and on current form don't be surprised if he adds another gong to his burgeoning collection.

The 26-year-old was selected as one of three nominees by the management team and his team-mates for his impressive performances on the pitch and his hard work and commitment off it.

With a staggering chunk of the vote, which came in at just short of 50 per cent of the poll on social media, Healy romped to a deserved win ahead of fellow back Bundee Aki and Ireland Six Nations squad member and prop Finlay Bealham.

Healy topped the try-scoring last month with three tries in his five starts for Connacht - crossing away to Scarlets in their key Pro12 tussle and for a brace against Enisei-STM at the Sportsground. The former Ireland U-20's scrum-half is currently Connacht's joint top try scorer for the season with Danie Poolman.

Currently in his fourth season with the province since signed under Eric Elwood, Matt has played and started in 15 of Connacht's 19 games so far this season in what has been an impressive run for the former Lansdowne FC back.

"It's little surprise that Matt has won this award. He has had a fantastic season with us and is a very popular player among our supporters who undoubtedly have enjoyed watching him run in some fantastic tries again this season," said Connacht manager Tim Allnutt.

Irish Independent

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