Gary Twigg signs off for Shamrock Rovers with award

Former Shamrock Rovers striker Gary Twigg signed off for the club by picking up the October Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association Player of the Month award.

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Twigg signed for Portadown for family reasons after four seasons with The Hoops in which he bagged 88 goals in 160 appearances.

The Scottish forward is the only Rovers player to pick up the award this year having also won it in March.

“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,” he said after a disappointing final season with Rovers.

Twigg said that knowing he would not be playing for the Tallaght club next season helped him, and he scored six times in his last four games.

“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,,” he said of his last few games in the Green and White.

“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.”

Twigg claimed two league winner’s medals, a Setanta Cup medal and also won the club and Proffesional Footballer’s Association of Ireland PLayer of the Year awards in 2009.

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