Bournemouth's Danny Ings has been named April's Young Player of the Month for the npower Football League in The Times newspaper.

The 18-year-old netted five times in seven games last month including goals against Peterborough United, Notts County and Yeovil Town to help secure a Play-Off place for the Cherries.

A product of the Bournemouth Academy, Ings made his full League debut in December 2010 against Milton Keynes Dons and to date has notched up seven goals in 27 appearances.

In receiving the award, Danny Ings said: "I'm delighted to win the award, I was going through a bit of a tough time before April not scoring any goals but credit to the manager he stuck by me, I found a bit of form and started scoring goals.

"I was always getting into the position to score, I don't know whether it was down to confidence or self-belief but something just clicked and as soon as one goal goes in they all go in. I'm still in that form and hopefully it will continue."

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.

The Football League's Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson said: "Danny's goal tally last month has been instrumental in guiding Bournemouth into the final League 1 Play-Off place.

"The exciting start to his career is all the more impressive given the initial pressure of having to succeed both Josh McQuoid and Brett Pitman."

Bournemouth Manager Lee Bradbury said: "Danny has done fantastic, for such a young boy he has come into the first team in a high pressure situation at the end of the season when we needed to get results.

"He's matured a lot in the last year and even more so over the last three or four months, he's really grown up. He's kept getting in the right positions and kept believing in himself."

Each month, the Young Player of the Month Award is given 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 33 players aged 21 or under made their professional debuts in The Football League.

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