Football Federation Australia (FFA) and NAB, together with the Central Coast Mariners, are proud to announce the first nominee for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award 2013/14.
Trent Sainsbury from the Central Coast Mariners was voted as the most outstanding U-21 player for the month of October following standout performances in the opening three matches of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Season.
“Obviously it’s great to be recognised for my performances, and to carry over my form from last season into this one,” Sainsbury said. “Being acknowledged by media and other football experts as one of the top young players in the Hyundai A-League is something I am extremely proud of”, Sainsbury said.
Sainsbury also believes other Central Coast Mariners young guns will be joining him in being nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award as the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season continues.
“Storm Roux is going to be one of our biggest assets this year and I am very surprised he hasn’t been nominated himself,” Sainsbury said.
“The coaching style and philosophy that ‘Arnie’ (Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Graham Arnold) has means that he gives a lot of young boys a go, and after that it’s all up to them. That’s why I think we at the Mariners have been successful over the years in the NAB Young Footballer of the Year category.”
Trent Sainsbury is the first nominee for the annual award and will be joined by five other nominees to be in the running for the grand prize. Interestingly, Sainsbury was also the final nominee for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award 2012/13 from the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season
Tim Clarke, Head of NAB Sponsorship said he is delighted to see the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award continue to unearth future stars of the game.
“We congratulate Trent Sainsbury on his nomination and look forward to watching his development and growth on the football field in the years to come,” said Mr Clarke.
“We are also pleased to recognise Trent ‘s junior club, Armadale FC in his home town of Perth and hope that our support will help the club to continue developing 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 Trent’s chosen junior club.
The overall winner of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award 2013/14 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.
“As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, NAB is proud to play an important role in identifying and rewarding tomorrow’s stars of the game. Who knows, we may even see some of the nominees donning the boots for the Socceroos in the future,” Mr Clarke 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-21 players in the Hyundai A-League during that period.