He told AVTV: "Ashley and Gabby are in there because they deserve to be nominated.
"Their performances last year were outstanding and the reason they are in there this year is because they've improved again.
"Both of them have brought their confidence from the campaign before and they've both scored goals and both created goals.
"That's why their fellow players have nominated them. Fingers crossed one of them can take the award. They are both confident people and they take it into their performances.
"It's a good sign of any player. A top player does keep getting better, they don't stand still and be happy where they are. They have both worked hard again to improve."