Gold Coast United skipper and marquee man Jason Culina has been awarded the clubâ€™s inaugural Player of the Year award.
Culina was brilliant in his first season back in Australia, guiding the first year club to a third-placd finish after the regular season and in turn a finals berth.
The former PSV Eindhoven midfielder netted three goals and provided 10 scoring assists â€“ the highest in the league, and was praised by United coach Miron Bleiberg for his performances throughout the campaign.
â€œJason came back to Australia with an enormous reputation, which brought with it all sorts of different pressures," said Bleiberg.
"He made a big decision career-wise and he has handled the expectation that was heaped on him like the true professional he is - letting his football do the talking."
Vice-captain Michael Thwaite was awarded the Playersâ€™ Player of the Year, striker Shane Smeltz added the Gold Coast Golden Boot to his A-League award, midfielder Zenon Caravella picked up the most improved player award whilst Ivory Coast youngster Adama Traore received the star of the future award.