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Rojas named Australia´s finest

Melbourne Victory dynamo Marco Rojas has claimed the Johnny Warren Medal after a breakout season for the club.
The diminutive 21-year-old polled more than twice the votes of runner-up and Sydney FC marquee Alessandro Del Piero to receive the A-League's premier individual accolade.

Despite his Victory side bowing out of the A-League finals race on Sunday, the New Zealand-born Rojas lit up the league with a number of memorable goals in the 15 he scored for the season.

Golden Boot winner Daniel McBreen, whose Central Coast Mariners side knocked Victory out, was third on 280 votes after his 17 goals for the season, behind Del Piero (449) and Rojas (908).

Rojas also took out the young player of the year, the first player since Mark Viduka in the former NSL to achieve such a double.

McBreen's team-mate and one of Rojas' New Zealand counterparts Michael McGlinchey was fourth (239) from Adelaide United playmaker Dario Vidosic (222).

In other awards, Rojas' team-mate Marco Flores picked up goal of the year for his round five strike against the Wellington Phoenix.

Premiers Western Sydney Wanderers collected two awards ahead of Sunday's grand final against the Mariners.

Coach Tony Popovic picked up the coach of the year award in his maiden season while goalkeeper Ante Covic won the Golden Glove award.

Brisbane Roar's Clare Polkinghorne won the Julie Dolan Medal for W-League player of the year and team-mate Tameka Butt received the players' player of the year award.

Strangely, Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey was awarded W-League coach of the year for his efforts with Melbourne Victory despite securing a job with Roar in the A-League mid-season.

Adelaide United's Awer Mabil picked up the National Youth League player of the year.
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