Jake Brimmer becomes youngest Australian to win Warren Medal since Mark Viduka

Melbourne Victory midfielder Jake Brimmer has been crowned the best player in this season’s A-League Men competition, winning the 2022 Johnny Warren Medal on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old is the first Australian to win the award in seven years, the youngest ever Australian winner of the award in the A-League era and the youngest since Mark Viduka was crowned player of the year in 1995.

Brimmer won the medal with 32 votes, seven ahead of Brisbane Roar’s James O’Shea in second with Adelaide’s Australian international Craig Goodwin finishing third in the voting.

Adelaide United’s English striker Fiona Worts won the Julie Dolan Medal for the best in the A-League Women competition, beating Brisbane Roar’s Katrina Gorry to the top prize by just one vote.

Worts won the award for a remarkable season in front of goal, winning the golden boot for finishing top scorer of the league this season and also setting a new record for most goals in a match, scoring five against the Roar.

Brimmer was part of Melbourne Victory’s impressive comeback this season, reaching the semi-finals and finishing second on the ladder having been branded the wooden spoon last year.

Unsurprisingly, the man who masterminded that recovery, Tony Popovic, was named coach of the season for the third time in his career.

Adelaide coach Adrian Stenta won coach of the year in the A-League Women competition while Newcastle’s Angus Thurgate and Melbourne City’s Holly McNamara were named best youngsters in their competitions.

Toulouse midfielder Denis Genreau won the Australian young player of the year awarded by the players’ union, The PFA, with Tom Rogic winning the top individual honour after leading Celtic to a shock title in Scotland this season.

Mary Fowler was the best young female player of the year and it was little surprise to see Chelsea superstar striker Sam Kerr named the best women’s player for the fifth time.

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