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Ledley named player of the month

Joe Ledley
Ledley has been at Cardiff City since the age of nine

Cardiff City captain Joe Ledley has been named as the Championship's player of the month for January.

The award came as Ledley prepared for Wales' clash with Poland on Wednesday.

A Football League statement on the attacking midfielder read: "Ledley's performances were at the heart of a fantastic month for Cardiff City."

Jason Scotland (Swansea City), DJ Campbell (Blackpool, on loan from Leicester) and Brian Stock (Doncaster) were also shortlisted for the award.

Ledley's accolade came a year after receiving the same award in January 2008.


The statement went on: "The midfielder began January by getting on the scoresheet in his side's draw at title-chasers Birmingham City.

"He followed this with impressive displays in the Bluebirds' back-to-back wins over Coventry City and Nottingham Forest, to help his side cement their play-off place."

Chris Kamara, chairman of the player of the month awards panel, said: "Joe Ledley played out of his skin in January and it is little wonder that he was attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs during the transfer window.

"It is great news for Dave Jones' side that they were able to resist all offers for Joe as he is going to be instrumental in Cardiff's attempts to win promotion this season."

Matt Oakley of Leicester City won the award in League One and Dany N'Guessan of Lincoln City landed the League Two accolade.

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