Ipswich Town's 17-year-old striker Connor Wickham has been named April's Coca-Cola Football League Young Player of the Month in The Times newspaper's football supplement, 'The Game'.

The award follows a month in which the hitman netted three goals in five fixtures for the Tractor Boys to help secure a 3-1 win over Derby County as well as draws against Newcastle United and Doncaster Rovers.

Hereford-born Wickham made his debut for Ipswich as a substitute in April 2009, coming on against Doncaster Rovers to become the club's youngest ever player aged 16 years, 11 days.

At the end of May, Wickham will fly-out to Liechtenstein as part of the England U17 squad competing in the UEFA European Championship Finals and will hope to build on his five goals in six caps which included a 21-minute hat-trick against Azerbaijan in Baku last year.

To read the Times' interview with Connor Wickham click here.

Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £40m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent. Around a third of this money (£12.6m) is provided by the Football Association and Premier League. There are 8,700 young players registered with League clubs making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football.

The Football League's Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson said: "Connor is a fantastic talent and is testament to the quality of young players being developed in The Football League.

"Despite being so young, Connor is already making a huge impact at club and international level and he will undoubtedly be a player to look out for in the future."

Each month, the Coca-Cola Football League Young Player of the Month Award will be awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in first team football. To be eligible the player must be either under 21 years of age or be playing in the season during which he turns 21.

During the month of April, 319 players under the age of 21 appeared in Football League matches with 17 players making their League debut.

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