Former Wellington Olympic star and now Phoenix striker Leo Bertos has capped a strong season in Australian football's A-League by being named club's Player of the Year in Wellington last night.
Bertos, who returned to Wellington from the Perth Glory to join the Phoenix for their second season in the competition, was a clear winner.
Phoenix coaching staff use a 3-2-1 voting system for each game throughout the season to determine the player of the year award, and Bertos totalled 23 points, eight ahead of defensive midfielder Jon McKain.
Skipper Andrew Durante, defender Ben Sigmund and goalkeeper Glen Moss each earned 13 votes to share third place.
After shaking off an early season injury, 28-year-old Bertos played 16 games for the club in 2008/09 and scored two goals, his pace and ball skills giving the Phoenix valuable extra width in attack.
Sigmund was named members' player of the year following a stellar season anchoring the Phoenix's back four after joining the club from the NZFC club Auckland City.
Player of the year: Leo Bertos