by Tim McGlone
The 27-year old became the second Phoenix player, after Shane Smeltz, to claim Australian football's highest individual honour.
The Johnny Warren Medal is decided by each rostered player from all 11 Hyundai A-League clubs casting 3-2-1 votes at three different periods of the season, with players not permitted to vote for their teammates.
The award caps a remarkable first season in Wellington for Burns, who has scored 13 goals in 25 games for the Phoenix after joining from Korean club Incheon United in June.
In other awards, Adelaide United's James Jeggo took out the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, while Sydney FC's marquee forward Marc Janko was presented with the Nike Golden Boot award after scoring 16 goals for the Sky Blues in 2014/15.