Adelaide maestro is A- League’s best
ADELAIDE playmaker Marcos Flores has continued the run of foreign players to claim the Johnny Warren M e d a l , e a r n i n g t h e A-League’s highest individual honour after a stellar first full season in Australia.
T h e A r g e n t i n e w a s awarded the prize for the A-League’s player of the year in Sydney last night, polling 618 votes from his peers to finish well ahead of Brisbane Roar duo Thomas Broich ( 495) and Matt McKay ( 432).
Flores was irresistible this season, scoring eight goals and assisting eight others in 29 appearances as Adelaide finished the regular season third before being knocked out by Gold Coast in the finals.
Flores becomes the third straight foreign player to win the award, following Melbourne’s Costa Rican midfielder Carlos Hernandez last season and New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz.
As expected, Brisbane Roar had a strong presence at the awards ceremony ahead of their grand final showdown with Central Coast Mariners o n S u n d a y a t S u n c o r p S t a d i u m. T h e p r e mi e r s picked up four gongs with Ange Postecoglou named coach of the year, Michael Theoklitos goalkeeper of the year and the team receiving the fair play award for least amount of yellow and red c a r d s . M i d f i e l d e r E r i k Paartalu earned goal of the year for his stunning left footed volley against Gold Coast United last month.
The Mariners were rewarded with teenage goalkeeper Mathew Ryan named young footballer of the year.