His first season in English football has been a hugely successful one for Chris Forrester.
Since joining Peterborough from St. Pat's last August, the 23-year-old has made 40 appearances in all for the League One club - scoring twice.
His progress was recognised by Martin O'Neill with a call-up to the extended Ireland squad ahead of the friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia in March.
On Friday, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire named the Dubliner their Peterborough Player of the Year.
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Forrester was elated with the award.
I'm absolutely delighted. It's nice to be appreciated for what I'm doing, it's good for me and good for my family. I wasn't expecting to play too much when I first arrived, but I've felt I've done well and it's great to be recognised.
Since moving the Peterborough, Forrester has been used as a deep-lying central midfielder. It is a role in which he has excelled.
Last month, Graham Westley was sacked as manager. Grant McCann took over in a caretaker capacity. McCann was key in the deployment of Forrester in his current role.
McCann told Peterborough Today:
Chris has been a revelation this season. Considering he’s played two full seasons (one in Ireland) without a break, he’s done exceptionally well.
He came across as a winger, but I could see in training how clever he is and what a range of passing he has so I got him to play a bit deeper.