Burton Albion's Billy Kee has been named the October Young Player of the Month for the npower Football League.

The 20-year old netted five times in four npower League 2 starts last month, including the winner against Bristol Rovers and a hat-trick in Burton's 6-3 victory at Barnet. A further goal against Macclesfield Town in November took his tally for the season to eight.

The Northern Ireland U21 international signed for the Brewers from Torquay United in August 2011 having started his career at Leicester City where he scored 46 times in 43 appearances for the academy and reserve sides.

In receiving the award, Billy said: "It is very nice to win this award, I really didn't expect it - it's the best trophy of this type that I've won.

"I've settled in really well here. All of the lads have made me feel at home, I'm surrounded by my family and a good gaffer - I've never been so happy playing football."

Burton Albion manager, Paul Peschisolido, added: "Billy scored against us for Torquay and Accrington. He was a thorn in our side against us so it's nice to have him in yellow and black.

"He's been an absolute bargain, he's a great all-rounder who's scoring a lot of goals and creates them too.

"Billy's had an opportunity here to play and he's proved that if he gets a run of games he can be prolific. He has the quality to play at a much higher level."

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 8,500 young players registered with League clubs making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football.

Head of Youth Development at The Football League, David Wetherall said: "Billy demonstrated excellent goal scoring ability last month.

"His performances have been influential in keeping Burton around the League 2 Play-Off places and I look forward to following the rest of his career."

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.

During the 2010/11 season, 249 players aged 21 or under made their professional debuts in The Football League.