Linfield defender William Murphy has been named as the Carling Football Writers' December Player of the Month.
Murphy, who was handed a new one-year contract by the Blues at the end of last season, has played an integral part in their title defence so far.
"I'm over the moon - this is the fourth time I have won this award, the last time was 12 years ago," said Murphy.
"I've formed a good partnership with Albert Watson at the back. His displays have been exemplary," he added.
"It's all about the team though and we still have a lot of hard work to put in between now and the end of the season if we are to win anything."
Linfield are now seven points clear at the top of the Premiership table.