CARMARTHEN Quins head coach Steve Williams has applauded the performances of flanker Elis Lloyd, who has been voted the Principality Premiership player of the month for December.
The 22-year-old openside has been in outstanding form for the Quins in recent weeks, starring in their derby triumph over Llandovery on Boxing Day.
A former pupil at Ysgol Maes y Yrfa, Lloyd played his junior and youth rugby for Hendy RFC before joining the Quins and has been a standout player in recent seasons.
"It's fantastic that Elis has been recognised in this way because a lot of the hard work he puts in is the unglamorous kind that often goes unnoticed," said former Wales forward Williams.
"He puts his head where most players don't put their feet and wins a lot of ball for us on the floor.
"Elis has had a run of games with James Davies being away with Wales Sevens and has taken his chance. He is still only 22 so he can only get better."
Reacting to his award, Lloyd said: "It's been good to get a few games under my belt after being out with injury and everything's going well at the moment, with the Boxing Day win over Llandovery a welcome boost to end the year.
"I would say I thrive on the physical side of the game, I don't mind getting my hands dirty or putting my neck on the line.
"It's been great working with Steve (Williams) as he's got experience as a professional rugby player so he knows what it takes to get to that position.
"The Quins have been great to me, they've always been there with help and advice, however I would obviously jump at any opportunity to step up a level if any offers were to come in."