Football Federation Australia (FFA) and NAB, together with Brisbane Roar FC are proud to announce Dimitri Petratos as the January nominee for the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 Award.
The nomination is Petratos’ second after he was named the January nominee for the 2013/14 Award.
Petratos, has enjoyed a fantastic January with the Roar which has seen him help his team to second place by the end of the month and was instrumental in their recent win over Sydney FC on Saturday night.
“I’m proud to receive this nomination and it is as much for the whole squad as for me,” Petratos said.
“All the Roar boys are pretty tight, everyone works hard at training, and it pays off in games.”
Petratos also thanked Roar Head Coach John Aloisi who he says has helped him get back to some of the best form of his career.
“The Boss’ messages and directions are very clear. I am working a lot harder in training and the season has been great so far.
“I just try to do my best and help the team where ever possible.”
Petratos is the fourth player, and the third from Brisbane Roar, to be nominated for the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 Award, joining team mate Brandon Borrello (October nominee), Sydney FC left back Alex Gersbach (November nominee) and Jamie Maclaren (December Nominee).
The Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 will be announced at the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League 2015/16 Awards Night on Tuesday 26 April 2016.
Michael Hall, NAB Business State General Manager, QLD said he is delighted to see the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award continue to unearth the stars of tomorrow.
“We congratulate Dimi on his nomination and look forward to watching his development and growth on the football field in the years to come,” said Mr Hall.
“We are also pleased to recognise Dimi‘s nominated junior club, Olympic FC (Brisbane, QLD), and hope that our support will help the club to continue developing the game at a local grassroots level.”
NAB has generously donated a $1,500 equipment pack and $1,000 in a NAB Community Saver Account to Dimitri’s nominated junior club.
The overall winner of the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 Award will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.
“As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, we are proud to play an important role in identifying and rewarding the future stars of the game. Who knows, we may even see some of the nominees donning the boots for the Socceroos in the future,” Mr Hall continued.
Each month representatives from the FFA Technical department vote on a 3-2-1 basis for the most outstanding U-23 players in the Hyundai A-League during that period.