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Villa's Holman named Australia's Player of the Year

Brett Holman has been named the Australian Footballer of the Year for 2012.

The Aston Villa midfielder was presented with the prize at the fourth annual Australian Football Awards (AFAs) in Sydney on Wednesday night.

Holman enjoyed a great calendar year for the Socceroos as well as former club AZ Alkmaar and he has made 12 Premier League appearances for Villa since his move from Holland in the European summer.

Other award winners on the night included Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mathew Ryan who was named the U20 Footballer of the Year whilst Canberra United's Sally Shipard clinched the Female Player of the Year prize and Melbourne Victory's Stephanie Catley was named the U20 Female Player of the Year.

Football Federation Australia's new chief David Gallop was on hand to congratulate the winners in all the categories.

"It's a wonderful night for the game to celebrate the diversity of Australian football and pay tribute to everyone from the volunteers through to the superstars," said David Gallop.

"The AFAs are an important occasion to show that the national governing body wants to nurture that connection to the grassroots. My goal is for everyone who plays, watches and works in the game to feel like they belong in football.

"I congratulate all the winners for their contribution to a stellar year for the game in 2012."

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