Football Federation Australia (FFA) and NAB, together with the Central Coast Mariners, are proud to announce Storm Roux as the December nominee for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award 2013/14.
Storm Roux played in five Central Coast Mariners first team matches in the final month of 2013, and scored his first ever Hyundai A-League goal in the Club’s round six clash against Wellington Phoenix at North Sydney Oval.
Roux’s goal in the 27th minute at the iconic venue ensured the Mariners picked up a valuable three competition points against Ernie Merrick’s men.
On Wednesday, Roux expressed his delight in joining a long line of current and former Central Coast Mariners players in being nominated for the prestigious award.
“It’s a great honour to be nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award,” Roux said. “I am very happy with how the season is going, and it’s great to be recognised for my performances.”
“Over the last two years I have seen players nominated for this award, and many of them have been from the Mariners. It shows that the Club produces good young players and it's a great feeling that my name is now alongside the likes of Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Bernie Ibini, Mustafa Amini, and Tom Rogic.”
It has been a massive few months for the Cape Town-born defender -- Roux also made his full international debut for New Zealand in November when the All Whites challenged Mexico for a place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Storm Roux is the third nominee for the annual award and joins teammate Trent Sainsbury (October) and Adam Taggart from the Newcastle Jets (November).
Storm, Trent and Adam will be joined by three other nominees to be in the running for the title of NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award2013/14.
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 Storm Roux 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 Storm‘s junior club, Sorrento FC in Perth, Western Australia, 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 Storm’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.