United’s Diamanti wins Johnny Warren Medal – McIvor Times
Perth’s Diego Castro, who won in 2015-16, and Wellington’s Mexican aggressor Ulises Davila rounded out the top five with 23 points apiece.
Diamanti, 37, was a marquee finalizing for United and was called captain ahead of the club’s inaugural A-League season.
The charming Italian playmaker scored seven goals and provided an additional 7 helps throughout 25 regular-season games, assisting United to 5th on the table in their first season.
Diamanti re-signed with United for an additional two seasons in July.
Former Melbourne City coach Erick Mombaerts was named coach of the year after leading City to second on the table and a maiden grand last.
Adelaide United playmaker Riley McGree won the young footballer of the year award after scoring 10 objectives and recording five assists in 23 video games.
McGree, 21, is anticipated to secure a second move to Europe, having previously had a stint at Belgian outfit Club Brugge.
Sydney FC shot-stopper Andrew Redmayne was named goalkeeper of the year while Newcastle Jets seasoned Nikolai Topor-Stanley won goal of the year for his spectacular strike versus Perth Glory in round 21.
The Johnny Warren Medal is based on regular-season form, with former NSL and A-League gamers, the specific game’s match authorities, FFA technical staff and members of the media each ballot on a 3-2-1 basis on all 143 video games.
Those votes are tallied and separately investigated, with the player( s) who accumulate( s) the most votes named the winner.
A-LEAGUE AND Y-LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS
* Johnny Warren Medal (Gamer of the Year): Alessandro Diamanti (Western United).
* Young footballer of the year: Riley McGree (Adelaide United).
* Coach of the year: Erick Mombaerts (Melbourne City).
* Golden boot: Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City – 22 objectives).
* Objective of the year: Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Newcastle Jets, round 21 v Perth Splendor).
* Goalkeeper of the year: Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC).
* Y-League gamer of the year: Jake Hollman (Sydney FC).