Torquay United defender Mark Ellis has been named npower League 2 Player of the Month for January.

Ellis picks up the npower Player of the Month award after a solid month in defence and three important goals.

Sky Sports' Football League expert Peter Beagrie sits on the npower Player of the Month judging panel.

He said: "Mark played a huge part in Torquay's superb run of form in January, making vital contributions at both ends of the pitch.

"If he and the rest of the side continue to play as they did last month then it could be a very successful season for the Gulls."

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports Football League expert Peter Beagrie, Football League Head of Communications John Nagle, BBC Sport's Mark Clemmit and npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins.