Bristol City's Steven Caulker has been named November's Young Player of the Month for the npower Football League in The Times newspaper's football supplement, 'The Game'.

The defender, who turns 19-years-old next week, joined the Robins on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in September. Caulker has been instrumental in a resurgent month for the club which brought three wins and three clean-sheets to help drag the side away from the npower Championship drop zone.

The England U19 player spent last season on loan with Yeovil Town making 46 appearances for the Somerset side and has recorded 13 starts so far this term as well as registering his first professional goal in October.

In receiving the award, Steven Caulker said: "I'm pleased to achieve this award and I'll look to progress in future months.

"We're on a good run as a team and we'll look to continue it. I'm gaining experience with every game and the boys here and at Yeovil last season have helped me improve."

Bristol City Manager, Keith Millen added: "We've been on a good run and Steven's been a massive part of that.

"He's a young lad who's learning the game very quickly. Each game that goes by he's improving and learning. He's taken it all in his stride."

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.

During the month of November 22 young players that have progressed through The League's Youth Development programme made their first team debuts.

The Football League's Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson said: "Steven is another fantastic example of the quality of young footballers gaining vital match experience in The Football League.

"He has been rock solid at the heart of Bristol City's defence so far this season and I'm sure he will continue to go from strength to strength in the New Year."

Each month, the Young Player of the Month Award is 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.

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