Resurgent Curtis lands player of the month prize

AFTER enduring a tough start to the campaign that saw him dropped from the starting XI, the renaissance of Ronan Curtis has received an official stamp with the Pompey winger winning the PFA Bristol Street Motors League One player of the month award for November.

In a public poll, the Republic of Ireland international saw off competition from Wycombe’s Joe Jacobson, Blackpool’s Armand Gnanduillet, Rotherham’s Michael Ihiekwe, Bristol Rovers’ Liam Sercombe and Oxford’s James Henry. He picked up 33% of the vote with Jacobsen his nearest rival with 18%.

Curtis’s form, which has seen him score five in his last seven games, has been key to Pompey’s upturn in fortunes, and the 23-year-old is hoping it will see him return to the international fold after being dropped by Ireland boss Mick McCarthy for the recent Denmark international.

He is expected to return to the Portsmouth side for the game against promotion rivals Peterborough on Saturday after being rested for the midweek 2-1 win over Northampton Town in the Trophy.