Garcia Heart's Player of the Year

Richard Garcia has been named Melbourne Heart's the Player of the Year.

Richard Garcia has been named Melbourne Heart's the Player of the Year.

Garcia also claimed the fan-voted Supporters Player of the Year and shared the John Aloisi Golden Boot Award with striker Josip Tadic.

The 31-year-old capped off his first season in the Hyundai A-League with a number of standout performances for the Heart across 24 matches, contributing six goals and four assists.

Garcia was an enthusiastic and energetic presence either in a wide or central midfield role for the Heart and provided a key attacking outlet throughout the campaign.

Garcia, who returned to the Qantas Socceroos fray while in the Red and White, edged out fellow recruit Patrick Gerhardt by 0.5 of a vote.

Heart coach John Aloisi said Garcia was a deserved recipient of the Player of the Year award, which seeks to recognise consistency and excellence throughout the A-League season.

“Richie demonstrated his key qualities on the pitch this season through a number of notable performances,” Aloisi said.

“His experience at an elite level was evident and he provided an important impetus from midfield.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, we congratulate Richie on his achievement.”

Andrew Redmayne received The Clubman Award which honours the player who has best embodied the spirit, character and values of the Club - both on and off the field.

Midfielder Paulo Retre was awarded Heart-s National Youth League Player of the Year, while goalkeeper Alastair Bray received the NYL Coach-s Award.