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Modest Youngs has mixed feelings about individual award

A “grateful” Tom Youngs has mixed feelings accepting a prize for on-field performance when the side aren’t winning.

The Tigers skipper was announced as the most recent recipient of the Lumbers Player of the Month award on the pitch at Welford Road during half-time in the Premiership game against Exeter Chiefs and, when asked post-match about winning the fan vote, the Leicester skipper was focused more on the team performance than his own.

"It's nice to get recognition for the last month on the pitch, but I'd swap it for wins and to see us move up the table,” said Youngs

"I'm obviously grateful, to the fans and Lumbers, it's just hard to be overly happy about it at the moment."

Youngs claimed the fan vote for his performances in Leicester’s past four fixtures away to Worcester and Sale as well as home clashes with Wasps and Northampton.

The skipper, who was shown a red card in the second-half of Saturday afternoon’s disappointing loss to top-of-table Exeter, was understandably ‘to the point’ when asked about the mood within the group and the challenge the final four games of the season presented.

"We've had a tough time this season, off and on the pitch,” the 32 year old replied.

“We're not in to making excuses and there's not much more to say about it - we just want to get on with the job each week, keep working hard together and we know we'll get it right.

“We've got a great squad and nobody here is giving up."