Football Victoria sends its congratulations to Victorians Jamie Maclaren and Connor Metcalfe, who have recently been crowned PFA Footballer of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year respectively.
21-year-old Metcalfe’s rise has been meteoric. The former Victorian representative player and National Training Centre graduate was a vital part of the 2020-21 Melbourne City title winning squad, making 24 appearances and scoring 5 goals.
The PFA Young Player of the Year award, known as the Harry Kewell Medal, was awarded to Metcalfe following this stunning domestic form. His performances saw him recognised on a national level, resulting in a Socceroos debut and a call-up to the Olyroos squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Metcalfe was thrilled to pull on the Green & Gold and shared his international debut alongside another former Victorian National Training Centre graduate, Denis Genreau.
Metcalfe’s club teammate, star striker Jamie Maclaren added to the Victorian domination of the PFA Awards.
The Sunbury native bagged 25 goals in 24 A-League appearances, firing Melbourne City to the championship, earning himself the PFA Footballer of the Year to go along with the A-League Golden Boot.
To more positive news, young guns Stefan Colakovski and Matthew Bozinovski were recently called up to debut for North Macedonia Under-21s in the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifiers.
Colakovski (Melbourne City) and Bozinovski (Melbourne Victory) joined the squad to face France and Serbia earlier this month, sharing the park with some of Europe's hottest talents.
The pair will be hoping to help propel their team to the tournament which will be co-hosted by Romania and Georgia in June 2023.
Congratulations to all of our Victorians on a fantastic year to date and thank you to the junior clubs that supported them throughout their journeys.