Hartlepool United's Sam Collins has been named npower League 1 Player of the Month for December.

The defender helped his side shut out Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth in their two League games.

Sky Sports Football League expert Peter Beagrie sits on the judging panel.

He said: "Both Hartlepool's League 1 games ended in 1-0 victories.

"Collins has been a rock at the heart of the defence, and helped thwart two of the most potent attacks in the division."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Sam Collins has been in fine form recently and fully deserves the npower League 1 Player of the Month Award.

"I'd like to congratulate Sam on behalf of npower, and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season."

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