The nominations for the npower League 1 Player of the Month award for October have been announced.

They are as follows: -

Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic)
Having signed a short-term contract until January with Oldham, the 20-year-old former Everton prodigy is proving a class act in npower League 1. The youngster scored four goals in October, including one terrific strike against Leyton Orient.

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United)
The Arsenal loanee has brought defensive stability as a midfield anchor to the U's, breaking up play and helping to assure four clean sheets in six October games. Although primarily operating in a defensive role, he has also given tempo to the attack and scored against Carlisle United and Shrewsbury Town.

George Long (Sheffield United)
In the month before his 19th birthday, the teenager has displayed assurance beyond his years in conceding just a single goal in five League appearances. His shot-stopping ability has only been matched by a calm authority as the last line of the Blades defence.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News, from 10am.