Shrewsbury Town's Jon Taylor has been named February's Young Player of the Month for the npower Football League in The Times newspaper's football supplement, 'The Game'.

It was a sensational month for the 18-year-old midfielder who scored four times in five appearances, including twice on his full professional debut against Burton Albion.

Taylor's goals helped propel the Shrews to the top of the month's form table with four wins and a draw, ensuring the club remains well positioned in the race for promotion to npower League 1.

The Liverpool-born winger signed for the Shropshire club in May 2008 and earned his Professional Contact in October 2009.

In receiving the award, Jon Taylor said: "I'm over the moon to have won the Award - I didn't expect it. To be even nominated is excellent but to win it - I'm flabbergasted.

"It will boost my confidence but I can't get overconfident, I need to keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard for the team and hopefully we'll get promoted."

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.

Shrewsbury Town Manager Graham Turner said: "Jon had been doing well enough in training to start playing, my only regret is that I didn't put him in the team earlier.

"I couldn't have envisaged that he would have this kind of start. He has bravery, tenacity and willingness to work which wins the crowd over. He has had a very very good start to his league career.

The Football League's Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson said: "Despite being so young and inexperienced Jon has showed immense maturity to make an instant impact for Shrewsbury Town.

"The remarkable start to his career is a superb advert for the quality of young players being produced throughout The Football League."

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 month of February 11 players aged 21 or under made their professional debuts in The Football League.

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