Jude Winchester wins October player of the month award

Jude Winchester
Jude Winchester joined Cliftonville from Kilmarnock

Cliftonville midfielder Jude Winchester has capped a remarkable personal resurgence by winning the Northern Ireland Football Writers' player of the month award for October.

Winchester has had to wait for a chance to secure a place in the champions' starting line-up but is currently a regular in boss Tommy Breslin's team.

The 21-year-old helped the Reds to four straight league victories last month.

He scored against Linfield and played an integral role in the winning streak.

Cliftonville defeated the Blues, Crusaders and Portadown while each of their rivals were occupying top place in the table.

Winchester's award makes it a hat-trick of successes for the Solitude outfit after Breslin was named manager of the month and Joe Gormley's strike against Crusaders was selected as goal of the month.

He was handed a surprise start against Ballymena United on 27 September and has not looked back.

"I came on loan in January and made eight or nine appearances mainly as a substitute last season and then, this year, I've been on the bench quite a lot and it can be difficult having an impact when you're not on the pitch for very long," explained Winchester.

"Thankfully, Tommy has given me my chance and you know at a club like Cliftonville that you have to take the opportunity when it comes along.

"I feel like I've been playing well and hopefully I can keep going on from here and keep my place in the team," added the midfielder, who arrived in north Belfast in the summer after being released by Kilmarnock.