Brebner wins first Victory Medal

Melbourne Victory veteran Grant Brebner claimed his first Victory Medal in front of more than 500 guests at the club's annual awards night at Crown Casino’s Palladium Ballroom tonight.

Melbourne Victory veteran Grant Brebner claimed his first Victory Medal in front of more than 500 guests at the club's annual awards night at Crown Casino-s Palladium Ballroom tonight.

Brebner, who has just completed his fifth Hyundai A-League season with the club, finished with 31 votes, 4 votes clear of Robbie Kruse (27), with 2007/08 joint winner Rodrigo Vargas third (16).

In other awards, striker Kruse was rewarded for his outstanding season with three gongs, the ‘Players' Player of the Year-, the ‘TAC Young Player of the Year- and the 22 year-old capped off a memorable night by also taking out the club's ‘Golden Boot- for his 11 goals in 2010/11.

It was also a night to remember for young defender Diogo Ferreira who, after a breakthrough season, was presented with the ‘Clubman of the Year- award.

Matthew Foschini and Kendall Fletcher won the Victory Youth and Victory Women Medals respectively, with Ella Mastrantonio and Stephanie Catley joint-winners of the Melbourne Victory Women ‘Players' Player of the Year- and Stephanie Catley the Clear Solar ‘Young Player of the Year-.

Melbourne Victory Football Operations Manager, Gary Cole paid tribute to Brebner, who played in 25 of the clubs 31 Hyundai A-League fixtures this season, scoring 2 goals from central midfield.

"Without doubt, Grant had his best season yet for Melbourne Victory," Cole said.

"When he arrived in season two we felt he was going to be a great asset to the squad, but never did we think he-d still be here 5 years later and playing some of the best football of his career. The consistency of his performances make him a worthy winner of the Victory Medal.”

In further good news, the Scottish-born midfielder recently put pen to paper and signed on for another season.

"After a season like the one he-s just had, we were obviously very keen to sign him up for next year and we-re pleased that Grant has agreed to a one-year contract extension." Cole added.