SWINDON Town goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux admits the enjoyment of any personal plaudits will have to take a back seat while he tries to secure the club’s League One status.

The 23-year-old won the Swindon Advertiser Player of the Season award by a landslide courtesy of his heroics in between the sticks - without which, Town’s fate may have already been sealed.

However, while proud to join a prestigious list of names that adorn the long-standing trophy, Vigouroux says he can ill-afford to take his attention off of the task in hand.

“It’s an honour, you only have to see the list of names that have won it before to know that it’s something that means a lot,” said Vigouroux, who claimed 73.3 per cent of the vote.

“I think I have gained a lot of experience and personally, I’m really happy with how I have played.

“It doesn’t mean anything if your team is fighting relegation so I have got to try and help the team get above that dotted line.”

Vigouroux joined Swindon permanently last summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £400,000, having spent the previous season on loan from Premier League outfit Liverpool.

Many would have seen his move as a brave one at the time but he didn’t see it as a gamble and knew dropping down two leagues would guarantee him the game time he needed to develop his trade.

“I know it’s very rare to see a team in the Premier League hand a debut out to someone who hasn’t had any experience playing men’s football,” he explained.

“I decided that, for me, the best route to go would be to go and play as many games as I can and go and play football in the right way, with the style of football that we play, and with the right staff.

“On my part, I think it was quite a smart decision because I was going somewhere where I thought I was going to play lots of games of football.”

Vigouroux’s career could have panned out very differently had he not forgotten to attend the St Thomas Moore school football team trials in year seven.

At that age, he saw himself as a number 10, but with the school having no goalkeeper, Vigouroux stepped in between the sticks in north London.

In the 10 years since, he admits his path to becoming a professional has been anything but orthodox, but learning from the likes of Heurelio Gomes, during his youth career at Tottenham Hotspur, it has helped him to grow and he believes his best is yet to come.

“As a goalkeeper, you don’t really peak until you are in your thirties apparently and I’m only 23 so I think I have done alright,” he added.

“I have played nearly 90 League One games and I feel like the experience I have learnt will stand me in good stead for whatever I do in the future.”

Where that future lies is still very much up in the air but Vigouroux has said he has paid no attention to speculation surrounding him leaving the County Ground in the summer.

“I don’t really worry about it,” he said.

“I just keep my head down. At the moment, I am a Swindon Town player, I’m happy to be a Swindon Town player and whatever happens in the future will happen.

“I’ve just got to focus on keeping this team in League One, which is what this club is, at least a League One club.

“Anything personally with speculation would be selfish to think about, that’s for the end of the season. I’ll just worry about keeping this side in the division.”