Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan has crowned a regal 2015 by becoming the first player to win both the Professional Footballers Australian player of the year award and the Harry Kewell Medal in the same year.
The Valencia custodian follows in the footsteps of the likes of Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer in being recognised by the PFA award, which is open to A-League players and Australians playing overseas, and is voted for by male members of the organisation.
“This caps off the past 12 months and what a 12 months it has been,” said Ryan. “To receive an award like this, which is voted by your colleagues, is very humbling.
His performances during the 2014-15 season at club level with Brugge – during which they won the Belgian Cup and finished second in the league – were recognised with the Belgian Pro League goalkeeper of the year award, and a big money transfer to Spanish club Valencia followed.