Melbourne Victory midfielder Jake Brimmer has taken out the Johnny Warren Medal at the Dolan Warren Awards in Sydney.
The 24-year-old was awarded Australian domestic football’s highest individual honour on Thursday night after his stellar second season at Melbourne Victory.
Brimmer is the Club’s third winner of the award with Carlos Hernandez in 2009/10 and Marco Rojas in 2012/13 and is the first Australian since Nathan Burns in 2014/15 to receive the honour.
Isuzu UTE A-League Head Coach Tony Popovic also received top honors, taking out the Coach of the Year award in his first season with Melbourne Victory while Liberty A-League goalkeeper, Casey Dumont received the Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Brimmer was humbled by the award, saying his stand-out season was only possible with the support of his teammates and coaching staff.
“I’m a little surprised but incredibly proud to receive the award and I think it’s a testament to the coaches and players that I’ve been able to be recognised in this way,” Brimmer said.
“Ultimately, I want to be winning team trophies at Melbourne Victory and I am looking forward to working even harder next season to achieve the ultimate success with the Club. I’ll celebrate this with my team, friends and family and get back to work next season.”
Popovic also lauded Brimmer’s contribution in 2021/22 and his development into an elite midfielder in the league.
“I’ve worked with Jake at Perth and now here at Melbourne Victory and I’m incredibly proud to see his progress as a player and a person,” Popovic said.
“This award is recognition of his hard work during this current season but I believe his continued development over the past couple of years has led to this moment for him.
“The next step for Jake is to continue to work hard on his game, contributing to the squad moving forward and being the best player he can be for Melbourne Victory.”