Football Federation Australia (FFA) and NAB, together with Melbourne City FC, are proud to announce Connor Chapman as the February nominee for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2014/15 Award.
A dominating figure in the centre of Melbourne City FC’s defence, Chapman was thrilled to receive the news of his nomination for this prestigious award.
“It’s an honour to be nominated for this award and I am very thankful for those who have voted on the selection panel,” Chapman said.
“While it is a great personal achievement, I have to thank my team mates for their support and for helping me progress throughout the season both on and off the pitch.
“Melbourne City FC is a fantastic club and with the opening of our new City Football Academy in Melbourne, I think everyone in the team is working hard collectively to finish the season strongly.”
Chapman played in all of Melbourne City FC’s five matches throughout February, keeping two clean sheets and registering solid defensive performances.
This is the first time that Chapman has been nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.
Chapman is now a contender for the title of NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2014/15 along with the November nominee Tomi Juric from the Western Sydney Wanderers, Terry Antonis from Sydney FC and James Jeggo from Adelaide United.
The NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2014/15 will be announced at the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League 2014/15 Awards Night on Monday 11 May 2015.
Mr Steve Shaw, NAB Retail General Manager - Victoria and Tasmania, said “NAB is delighted to see the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award unearth the future stars of the game”.
“We congratulate Connor Chapman on his nomination and look forward to watching his growth and development on the football field in the coming years,” said Mr Shaw.
“We are also pleased to recognise Connor’s nominated junior club, Moorebank Sports Club in Sydney, and hope that our support will help the club continue to develop the game at a local grassroots level."
NAB has generously donated a $1,500 equipment pack and $1,000 in a NAB Community Saver Account to Connor’s chosen junior club Moorebank Sports Club.
The overall winner of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2014/15 Award will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.
“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. We hope to one day see these nominees kitted out in the famous green and gold representing the Socceroos,” Mr Shaw continued.
Each month representatives from the football media and the FFA Technical department vote on a 3-2-1 basis for the most outstanding U-23 players in the Hyundai A-League during that period.