The nominations for the npower League 2 Player of the Month award for April have been announced.

They are as follows:-

Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United)
The Northern Irishman typified his side's relentless drive in the final month of a season that brought promotion. His prodigious work-rate was the catalyst which sparked a five-match winning run, striding forward to score in the 4-1 win over Exeter City.

Marc Richards (Chesterfield)
Five goals in as many April games for the prolific forward who displayed the full range of his finishing talents by scoring stunning efforts with his right foot, left foot and head during the month, including two sumptuous strikes in the 3-1 win at Fleetwood Town.

Chris Smith (York City)
In addition to his strong play and leadership under manager Nigel Worthington, Smith made a vital last-minute goal-line clearance in the 2-1 win over Southend United, and then scored the only goal against Dagenham and Redbridge as the Minstermen maintained their Football League status.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News, from 9am.