Ireland Under-21 captain Josh Cullen has described his pride after he picked up the U21 Player of the Year award at the FAI Awards on Sunday.
The U21 squad is currently preparing to face Iceland in a friendly this evening in preparation for next Tuesday's European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan at Tallaght Stadium.
Cullen picked up the award after his inspirational displays in the campaign having skippered the team to victories over Israel, Kosovo and Azerbaijan so far.
The West Ham United midfielder hopes to continue his international progress during the rest of the campaign.
The 21-year old said: "It was a fantastic honour for me and my family to win the award. I didn't expect to win it and it was a brilliant evening.
"I've always tried my best whilst playing for the U21s and we've been able to pick up some great results during the campaign so far. We need to keep that run going and these next two games will be crucial in achieving qualification."
Harry Charsley and Connor Ronan are no longer available for the squad and defender Shaun Donnellan is a doubt for the Iceland fixture.
Reece Grego-Cox, Jake Mulraney, Declan Rice and Kieran O'Hara will meet up with the squad later in the week and will also miss the Iceland fixture.