Sean Murray has spoken of his pride after being named the Football League's Young Player of the Month for March.
The Watford midfielder, 18, found the net four times last month as he established his place in the first team and helped the Hornets to five wins and two draws, a run which put them within touching distance of the play-off places.
Murray, capped at Under-17 and Under-19 level for the Republic of Ireland, is only the third Watford player to pick up the accolade after Marvin Sordell and Will Buckley both walked away with the honour towards the end of 2010.
The teenager said: "It's a proud moment for me. I've played a few games recently and scored a few goals but there are a lot of other good, young players in the League. It's hard to win this award with so many young players out there.
"This year I had to work hard to get into the team and it wasn't working at first, but I got my chance against Spurs (in the FA Cup) and kept my place. The other players have helped me out a lot. Their experience keeps me level headed."
Hornets manager Sean Dyche added: "It's a fantastic achievement for a young man enjoying his football. Sean is another player who has come through our system so it is good for us and for him. He's very young, he's only 18 and he's developing nicely."