Cleary shortlisted for SWAI Player of the Month gong

The new Dundalk centre back has impressed in his early performances.

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Cleary shortlisted for SWAI Player of the Month gong

Daniel Cleary has made a good impression since signing for the Lilywhites.

Dundalk have yet to ship a goal in three SSE Airtricity League outing so far in the 2018 season - and new centre back Dan Cleary has been recognised for his strong start to the season with a nomination for the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award.

The young defender, just three games into his League of Ireland career, has been named among more established names here and cross-channel such as Graham Cummins, Kieran Sadlier (both Cork City), Gerard Doherty (Derry City) and Bastien Hery (Waterford), as well as young Bohemians defender Dan Casey. 

Cleary, a former Liverpool youth who signed with Dundalk after leaving Birmingham City in January, has impressed at his new club so far. He was an unused sub against Bray Wanderers on the opening day of the season but has played every minute of both games since - a scoreless draw against Shamrock Rovers and the eight goal drubbing of Limerick. 

Dundalk Democrat Sports Editor Caoimhin Reilly awarded the 21-year-old, who wears number 21, Man of the Match in his debut performance against Rovers in Tallaght and while Cleary was not really troubled against the Blues, two clean sheets in two games will surely be a confidence booster as he competes for a place. 

Brian Gartland, Sean Hoare and Stephen Folan complete the centre back options at Stephen Kenny's disposal for 2018. Dundalk face Cork City at Oriel Park on Friday night, in a match that will be broadcast live on eir Sport 2. 

The SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award is voted for by the Soccer Writers Association of Ireland. The winner will be announced next week.