Brisbane Roar sharpshooter, Jamie Maclaren, and Sydney FC's rising star, Remy Siemsen, have claimed the Young Footballer of the Year titles at the Dolan Warren Awards on Monday night.
For Maclaren it was back-to-back YFOTY honours after he finished ahead of Sydney FC duo Brandon O’Neill (October) and Josh Brillante (November), Western Sydney Wanderers defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis (December), Brisbane Roar ‘s Brandon Borello (January), Central Coast Mariners’ Paul Izzo (February) and Adelaide United’s Riley McGree (March).
November W-League nominee, Siemsen was Sydney's top scorer with six goals and finished above Canberra United forward Nickoletta Flannery (December nominee) and Adelaide United’s Alex Chidiac (January).
Maclaren had another outstanding season for Roar and was the A-League’s equal top goal scorer with Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha on 19 goals.
Speaking at The Star event centre in Sydney, Maclaren said: “It’s an amazing feeling. There are some fantastic footballers who have been nominated and to win this award two years in a row, it’s a hard feeling to describe.
“I’m proud to win it but let’s not forget the quality of the guys who were nominated because any of them would have been worthy of this award.
“Overall it comes down to the coaches putting faith in me and to be honest I wouldn’t be accepting this award if it wasn’t for my team mates.”
Roar boss John Aloisi had some advice for star striker over his future beyond this season.
“We hope to see him again representing Australia in the famous green and gold as part of the Socceroos,” Aloisi said.
Siemsen said after receiving the award: “It’s a huge honour. I was not expecting this at all. To be in the same category as Nicky Flannery and Alex Chidiac is fantastic.
“It was a big step up (my first season of the Westfield W-League) but I loved every minute of it, I learned so much alongside so many quality players.
“Ever since I was little I’ve always dreamed of being a Matilda so I’m going to do everything I can to get there and hopefully follow the footsteps of the girls that have won this award previously."
Both players received a $10,000 NAB personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.