DONCASTER Rovers' star Michael McIndoe is hoping that his inclusion in the 2005-2006 PFA League One team will boost his chances of a permanent move to a Championship club. McIndoe, who has been on loan at Derby County for the last two month, is the only Rovers' player in the team.
"Obviously I am delighted to be included in the team because, in my opinion, to be judged to be the best player in your position in the league you play in by your fellow professionals is the biggest honour in football," he said.
"To also be voted the joint runner-up in the League One Player of the Year award is an added bonus.
"It didn't come as a complete surprise to be included in the team to be honest because I had scored 13 goals for Doncaster before moving to Derby and played reasonably well for the majority of the season.
"It is the third time in the last four seasons that I have been included in the Team of the Year in the division I was playing in at the time, and my target for next season is to make the Championship team.
McIndoe believes that he has proved during his loan spell at Pride Park that he can be successful in the Championship.
"Things have gone quite well at Derby," he claimed. "I have played quite well in the majority of the games and have maintained the form I showed at Doncaster.
"The only thing that I have found different between League One and the Championship is that the overall athleticism of the players is a hell of a lot higher.
"You get more of the ball so your energy levels have got to be a little bit higher. You also have to pace yourself. But they are the only changes that I have had to make to my game and neither has been a problem."
McIndoe plays his last loan game for the Rams this weekend after which time he will return to Belle Vue where he is under contract until the end of next season.
McIndoe still lives in the town and retains a lot of affection for the club and its supporters.
"Rovers is always the first result that I look for," said the Scottish B international.
But he remains convinced that he is capable of playing at a higher level than League One and still harbours dreams of plying his trade in the Premiership one day.
"What I am going to do is to wait until the summer and see what offers come in from Championship sides, and I am confident that there will interest, and then consider my options," he said.
"I have enjoyed my time at Derby, where they have welcomed me with open arms, and if they were to offer me a deal then I would be very interested because they are a massive club - potentially one of the top five in the Championship.
"There is talk of a takeover in the next couple of weeks so everything is up in the air at the moment."