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Stockport Town head to AFC Blackpool this weekend in the Hallmark Security League but the club have already received an award this week as Daniel Whiting was awarded the Goalkeeper of the Month Award for February.
Whiting, who has been with the club since the beginning of the season, had a tremendous month between the sticks last month as Stockport played four, won three, scoring 12 along the way and ultimately conceded just three goals.
Upon receiving his award Whiting said: “I woke up in the morning and had a load of messages on my phone saying congratulations for winning the goalkeeper of the month award, so it was a very nice start to the day.
“I was very happy and proud when I saw that I had won this award, it is a huge achievement for me and the club.”
Asked if the award showed how far he had come, Whiting added: “Yes I believe it does show others how far I've come. Every footballer will face struggles in their career (me included). There have been times where I have been knocked back and had struggles in my career, it's just what I've done on the training pitch and the coaching staff that's helped me to improve.
“This includes both goalkeeper coaches that I worth with, Paul McCoy and Chris Shaw, who have both helped me improve massively this season.”
The Lions keeper also commented on life under boss Dave Wild, adding: “I have found the new gaffer and coaching staff an absolute joy to work with. He [Wild] and the coaches have changed the whole set up of the club for the better.
“The club has that sense of professionalism that it was lacking. All of the staff put so much effort into the progression of the club that has helped move the club forward.”
Whiting added: “I would just like to say thank you to the gaffer for trusting my abilities as a goalkeeper and the back four and the rest of team, I couldn't really have achieved this award without them. We just need to keep it going, keep improving and hopefully more will follow.”
Meanwhile Dan’s boss, Wild, was full of praise for his goalkeeper but remained content on keeping the award winner grounded as his side head to Blackpool this weekend in search of continuing their unbeaten run.
Wild said: “Dan has been incredible for me since my arrival, he’s the ultimate professional when he's around the training field and match days, and that is why his form is such a good standard right now. He works hard and this award is something that’s pleased me just as much as our recent form because Dan truly did deserve some credit of late.
He continued: “You only have to look at the fact he’s keeping a goalkeeper of Lewis Fielding’s quality out of the side to see just how well he’s performing. What is vital now for Dan is that he keeps his feet on the ground and continues to do the things that got him this award again and again.”
The award for Dan comes with good timing also as the club recently announced a partnership with S1 Goalkeeping and they will sponsor the goalkeeper’s in the squad, including Whiting.
Stockport Town’s Club Secretary, Rob Clare, also had his say on Dan’s award. He said: "In our opinion Daniel is one of the best shot stoppers in the league and recent performances suggest his all round game is getting better every match - long may it continue!"
The Lions are in action this weekend as they travel to AFC Blackpool on Saturday afternoon in the Hallmark Security League, kick-off 3pm.