Jack Stephens says winning the Under Armour Player of the Month award for May has capped off an enjoyable end to his 2016/17 campaign.
Stephens beat off competition from defensive partner Maya Yoshida, Fraser Forster and Oriol Romeu following a string of impressive displays that saw clean sheets against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Speaking after receiving his award, Stephens said: “It’s obviously really pleasing, especially as the fans vote for this.
“It’s pleasing for me that they think that I deserve this award this month and hopefully I can continue that when I come back for next season.
“It’s a nice way to end the season. It’s been a brilliant season for me personally, especially the second half, and this is a great way to finish it.
“I can go off on a positive note and it gives me that extra confidence for when I come back for pre-season.”
The award follows up from Maya Yoshida landing the award in April, and Stephens reserved praise for the Japan international when reflecting upon his favourite moments from the month.
“Liverpool away was a highlight – even though I did give a pen away! But we had some good clean sheets in May,” he added.
“I’ve got to split the award with Maya, haven’t I, because he keeps splitting his awards with me! I’ve got some out of him, so I’ve got to give him back his fair share.”