Bristol Rovers defender Tom Parkes has been rewarded for his fine form in January by being named the npower League 2 Player of the Month.

The centre-back was outstanding in the month in which he turned 21. He was given the captain's armband and led the way in the Rovers' revival, standing up to tackles, especially in the wins at Fleetwood Town and Rotherham United, and impressing with his distribution from the back.

Commenting from npower, Partnership and Sponsorship Manager Katy Thomas said: "It was clearly a very happy start to the year for both winners in League 2.

"It's been another fantastic month to be a Gillingham fan as they show no signs of slowing down in the race for promotion, while Tom Parkes' defensive heroics ensured that there is still hope for Bristol Rovers at the other end of the table."

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