It’s been another great year for Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak, as he has just been named Australia footballer of the year for his second consecutive time.
Staff of the Australian national team vote on the player they believe has proved excellence throughout the entire season for both club and country.
According to the Associated Press, Katrina Gorry of Brisbane Roar was named Australia’s best female footballer.
Jedinak captained the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they were failed to advance past the group stage. Those teams in Australia’s group–Chile, Netherlands and Spain, all defeated Jedinak and Co., holding the Aussies to 0 points on the tournament.
At Crystal Palace, Jedinak helped the squad reach promotion to the Premier League from the Championship following the 2012-13 season, and tallied one goal in 38 appearances in his first PL campaign in 2013-14.
However, to start this year, the 30-year-old has already notched five goals and added two assists in 18 matches, good for first on the team sheet in goals in front of Manchester United youth product Frazier Campbell.
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Born in Sydney, Jedinak had a long road to the England, staying five years at Sydney United (2001-2006), during which he went on loan to Croatian team Varazdin and Australian side South Coast United.
He then performed in the A-League for three more years prior to his move to Turkish club Gençlerbirliği in 2009.
In 2011, he would finally have his shot in the UK with Palace, and so far, the veteran hasn’t disappointed.
Jedinak has number 52 caps and notched six goals for Australia since he made his debut in a 2008 friendly against Singapore. His last international goal came in a 2-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia on Sep. 8 this year.