Maclaren named NAB Young Footballer of the Year

Jamie Maclaren from Brisbane Roar FC, has been named the Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of Year at the Dolan Warren Awards night which was held at the Carriageworks in Sydney tonight.

Maclaren finished ahead of Brandon Borrello (October nominee – Brisbane Roar FC), Alex Gersbach (November nominee - Sydney FC), Dimitri Petratos (January Nominee – Brisbane Roar FC), Stefan Mauk (February nominee - Adelaide United) and Jason Geria (March/April nominee – Melbourne Victory).

Nominated for his performances during December 2015, Maclaren finished the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 Season on 18 goals, a record for an Australian player in the eleven year history of the competition. 

Having signed with Brisbane Roar FC from Perth Glory in the offseason, the move definitely provided Maclaren with plenty more game time and also helped the Roar to another successful Hyundai A-League Finals Series campaign.

Roar players celebrate Jamie Maclaren's goal to make it 4-4 in the second half.

Speaking shortly after receiving his award, Maclaren was honoured to be named the Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of Year for 2015/16.

It’s a fantastic honour to win this award. Some great players have won this award in the past and to be up there with them is an amazing feeling.

“I’d like to thank John Aloisi for making my move to Brisbane Roar possible and helping me develop my game to the a higher level.

“Thanks also to my girlfriend Iva who has supported me long distance this season and also my parents who have been there every step of my career and looked after financially during my junior days.

“Also, I would like to thank NAB for sponsoring this award and supporting young players in the Hyundai A-League, concluded Maclaren.

Jamie Maclaren netted to put Brisbane 3-0 up inside the first 25 minutes.

“As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, NAB is proud to play an important role in recognising and rewarding the stars of tomorrow.” Mr Spiro Pappas, EGM Global Institutional Banking said.

“We are delighted to present Jamie with a $10,000 personal investment portfolio along with a Private Client Manager through NAB Private Wealth ensuring his financial goals both now and into the future are realised.

“It was also fantastic to provide Jamie’s junior club, Green Gully Soccer Club, with a NAB Club Recognition Award upon his nomination. We hope that the resources, both practical and financial, assist them in developing more stars of Australian football.

“We hope to one day see him kitted out in the famous green and gold representing the Socceroos.” he continued.   

Maclaren will receive a $10,000 NAB personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.