Victory Medal contenders: Part 2

The 2021/22 Victory Medallist will be crowned at Melbourne Victory’s annual awards night at Crown’s Palladium on Friday night.

This prestigious event, presented by Canva, will include presentations of awards of excellence from the past season.

Book your place at our night of nights

In the second of a two-part series, we take a look at some of the contenders for this year’s top award…

READ: Victory Medal contenders: Part 1

Marco Rojas

Rojas returned to some of his best form in 2021/22 after a few injury interrupted seasons, scoring six goals and recording seven assists across 27 appearances.

The winger saved his finest outing for Victory’s home Melbourne Derby on April 9, where he scored two of the goals of the season.

Rojas’ campaign earned him a place in New Zealand’s national team squad for their World Cup play-off against Costa Rica in Qatar.=

Jason Davidson

Davidson returned home to represent Melbourne for the first time in his stellar career and exceeded lofty expectations, starring at left-back in all competitions.

The 30-year-old’s crowning moment came late in the FFA Cup Final when his free-kick found the back of the net and sent AAMI Park into a frenzy.

Davidson was named in the PFA’s A-League Men Team of the Year and earned a return to the national team squad.

Ben Folami

Folami established himself as an important cog in Victory’s attacking third this season with several eye-catching performances on the left-wing.

The 22-year-old Ipswich Town product cemented himself as one of the first magnets picked on Tony Popovic’s board and was rewarded with a Socceroos’ debut against Japan in March.

Folami’s finest outing came on January 25 against Sydney FC when the youngster recorded a stunning goal and assist combination in the 2-2 draw.

Roderick Miranda

Miranda made an immediate impact in his first season for Victory, scoring the winner in the season opener against Western United and leading the league’s best defence.

The former Benfica, Wolverhampton and Olympiakos defender quickly established himself as one of the premier defenders in the A-League and led from the front as vice-captain.

Honour Roll:

2005/06: Kevin Muscat
2006/07: Kevin Muscat, Danny Allsopp
2007/08: Rodrigo Vargas, Archie Thompson
2008/09: Kevin Muscat, Danny Allsopp
2009/10: Archie Thompson
2010/11: Grant Brebner
2011/12: Ante Covic
2012/13: Mark Milligan
2013/14: Adama Traore
2014/15: Fahid Ben Khalfallah
2015/16: Matthieu Delpierre
2016/17: Carl Valeri
2017/18: Leroy George
2018/19: Leigh Broxham
2019/20: Leigh Broxham
2020/21: Robbie Kruse