Sydney - Valencia goalkeeper Mat Ryan has capped a stellar
season by being voted player of the year Wednesday by his fellow professionals
The 23-year-old Socceroo, who joined the La Liga side in
July, beat off competition from fellow Aussies including Tim Cahill and Mark
Milligan to be named Professional Footballers Australia Footballer of the Year.
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"This caps off the past 12 months and what a 12 months
it has been," said Ryan, who helped Club Brugge to a cup final win and
second place in the Belgian Pro League before making a move to Valencia.
"To receive an award like this, which is voted by your
colleagues is very humbling."
Ryan was also part of the Socceroos team which won the Asian
Cup in January. Former Australian players of the year include Cahill, Mile
Jedinak and Mark Schwarzer.For
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