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Aaron Mooy and Lydia Williams are Australia’s best male and female footballers. They were chosen by fellow players in a vote organized by the local PFA.

Harry Kewell and Jamie Maclaren also received awards.

Aaron Mooy is a 26-year old midfielder who started the season at Melbourne City and moved to Manchester City during the summer transfer window. Currently the Australian national team player is on loan at Championship side Huddersfield Town.

“To join the likes of Mark Schwarzer and Tim Cahill is an honour,” Mooy said, referring to previous winners of the award. “To be chosen by the players makes this award very special. It was a great year for me and I’m very proud to have been named the player of the year.”

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Aaron Mooy (number 13) playing for Australia against Japan)

It is the second time that Lydia Williams, a 28-year old goalkeeper of Melbourne City, was picked by the female footballers as their most outstanding player.

“Over the past few years we have had a really hectic schedule and a lot of ups and downs and to have the backing of the girls means so much,” said the Matildas keeper. “Except for the players, most people don’t see what goes into being a footballer day in day out.”

Harry Kewell 300 2PFA Australia honoured Harry Kewell (photo left) for the contribution he has made to the game by giving him the Alex Tobin Medal.

The former Leeds, Liverpool and Australia player said he was delighted to be chosen by the current generation of players.

“Joe Marston, Mark Schwarzer, Frank Farina and the other Tobin medallist are legends of our game and joining them is truly an honour. These players did so much for Australian football. They inspired me and countless other players.”

The 2016 Harry Kewell Medal for best U-23 player went to Jamie Maclaren.

The 23-year old Brisbane Roars forward scored 18 times this season, which is a record for an Australian A-League player.

He also made his debut for the national team.

“I am truly honoured,” said Maclaren. “It is an award that means a lot to the players. I’m very thankful to all the players who voted for me.”

 

Top picture: Lydia Williams (left) and Steph Catley (Matildas and Melbourne City, right).