Melbourne City starlet Daniel Arzani took out the NAB Young Footballer of the Year title at the Dolan Warren Awards on Monday night.
Arzani continued his meteoric rise from obscurity to the next big thing, finishing ahead of a quality pack that included Thomas Deng (Melbourne Victory) Bruce Kamau (Melbourne City FC), Daniel De Silva (Central Coast Mariners), Joseph Champness (Newcastle Jets), and Christopher Ikonomidis (Western Sydney Wanderers FC).
The 19-year-old was instrumental in helping City to third place, their highest ever end-of-season ladder position, and has been discussed as a possible bolter for the World Cup.
Speaking shortly after receiving his award, the precocious talent described his mixed feelings on picking up a "great individual achievement".
“It’s also a little bitter sweet because we got knocked out of the semi finals, but it still feels good," he said.
“I would like to thank my parents first and foremost and my brother for their support. Also everyone one at City, fans, the gaffer (Warren Joyce), because he’s the one that gave me my chance and I wouldn’t be here without him, my teammates - they are a great bunch of lads - and everyone at the club.”
Thomas Dobson, NAB’s Head of Media & Partnerships presented the award, which included a $10,000 personal investment portfolio.
Arzani's nominated junior club, Bundoora United, also received a Club Recognition Award upon his nomination.
Dobson said he was looking forward to seeing the youth international take the next step.
“We hope to see him again representing Australia in the famous green and gold as part of the Socceroos.” he said.