Jimmy Carr is Albury United's Star Player - but he won't be at the club next season.
The Englishman, who scored 11 goals from centre-half, has been posted to Darwin by the ADF.
"We've known for a few months now but it was too much to get him to drive back from Darwin to play for us," United coach Matt Campbell laughed.
"The first question you ask any new players is 'where do you play?' and Jimmy said holding midfield.
"But the more I watched him, I thought he'd be a ripper down back and we needed someone to play there.
"We had our midfield relatively well-set and his attitude was perfect. He was happy to play there, jumped in and slowly built as the season went on.
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"To have a centre-back score 11 goals in a shortened season, it showed what a talent he is in the air. He's a big reason why we were able to get to the top of the ladder.
"Jimmy read the ball well in the air but his attack on the ball was a big feature too. He went at pace, which made him really hard to mark.
"Guys in other teams knew they had to mark him but Jimmy would give himself a run-up and any defensive player will tell you that an attacker moving quickly towards a header, when you're stationary, is really hard to combat."
Carr, who was also named players' player-of-the-year, prevailed in a tight vote count ahead of Melkie Woldemichael, Gauthier Robin, Sam Brosolo, Ben Hughes and Caleb Martin.
Paula Mitchell, Zarlie Goldsworthy and Allanah Seary were joint-winners of the Division 1 women's Star Player, with Seary voted player's player.
United's other Star Players were Adam McLennan (men's Division 2), Kip Reeve (men's Division 3), Adam Ruitenberg and Steve Brunec (over-35) and Tahleah Pettit-Howard (women's Division 2).
Dylan Mountain, like Carr, is moving to Darwin with the ADF.
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