Motherwell striker Michael Higdon nets player award

Motherwell striker Michael Higdon has been named Clydesdale Bank Premier League player of the month.

The forward, who is out of contract in the summer, netted six goals in September as Motherwell climbed to the top of the table.

Higdon fired a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle and scored a double in the away victory over Dundee.

The striker also netted in the 3-3 draw with Aberdeen.

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It's not just his goals, it's the way he leads the line

Stuart McCall Motherwell manager

Higdon, who signed from SPL rivals St Mirren in June 2011, said he was happy at Fir Pak and would not rule out extending his contract with the Steelmen.

"It's a long way to go until we talk about contracts," he said. "But my family is settled here and I have a little girl in school.

"On that side of things, it's fine, but you just never know in football."

The striker said he expected talks over a potential new deal to get under way in January.

Interview - Motherwell striker Michael Higdon

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall praised Higdon as the focal point of his side's attacks.

"It's not just his goals, it's the way he leads the line," McCall said. "Sometimes goalscoring goes in fits and starts.

"Hopefully he can continue on a consistent level.

"He's done that since he's been here and his goalscoring record is terrific. Long may that continue."