Twigg is October Player of the Month
Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:28
The Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for October has been won by Shamrock Rovers striker Gary Twigg. Twigg pipped second-placed Raffaele Cretaro of Sligo Rovers with Stephen McLaughlin of
Derry City in third place.
Twigg is the only Shamrock Rovers recipient in 2012 having also won the monthly award in March. Prior to that he captured the prize in March and September 2010.
"It is the fourth time that I have won the award, so I'm quite pleased. Getting personal accolades is always nice, but it is a team sport and you would always prefer to win things as part of a team," said Twigg.
Twigg, who left Shamrock Rovers at the end of the Airtricity League season, remained committed and played with passion right up until his final minute in a Hoops jersey, as his scoring form throughout October underlined.
"From the moment that I knew I was leaving, I wanted to leave in the best possible way. I think I ended quite well with six goals in my last four games, so it couldn't have gone any better in that regard.
"I wanted to finish on a high, not on a whimper. And scoring twice against UCD meant a lot to me as that was a big night, personally. I knew that it would be my last match at Tallaght wearing the Rovers jersey and it was quite emotional. "But I suppose it is recognition of doing well and it is nice for people to appreciate what you have done. Winning the award again is a nice way to sign off with Shamrock Rovers and with the League."
The Hoops won three of their four games during the month and Twigg grabbed a three minute brace of goals in his final home match at Tallaght Stadium.
Following on from that salvo against UCD, Shamrock Rovers headed west to face Airtricity League champions Sligo Rovers with Twigg again on song. Twigg again scored twice, this time either side of half time, before he left the pitch on 85 minutes to a rapturous reception from all in attendance.
His impact on the domestic game since he arrived in Ireland has been remarkable, and the Glasgow born two times Premier Division winner was a huge hit. Twigg also captured a Setanta Cup winner's medal before he signed for Portadown recently, and the Scot leaves the Airtricity League with an impressive legacy.