Football Federation Australia and NAB, together with Melbourne Victory, are proud to announce Jason Geria as the March/April nominee for the Hyundai A-League's NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 award.
It is Geria’s first ever nomination for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award.
Geria has been in white-hot form for Victory this season and his talents were recognised by Caltex Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou, who selected him in his squad for the recent FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan last month.
The defender said he was thrilled to learn of the nomination following the end of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 regular season.
"It's an honour to be nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award," Geria said.
"Some of most exciting players in the Hyundai A-League have been nominated for this award so far this season, so it's humbling to be named alongside them.
"The Hyundai A-League gives a great chance for young players to make their mark at the elite level in Australia, and I'm grateful for the opportunities I have been given so far in my career.
"I have relished the opportunity to represent Melbourne Victory and the Olyroos this season, and being part of the recent Socceroos camp was also a great privilege."
Geria is the sixth and last player to be nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 award, joining Brandon Borrello (October nominee), Alex Gersbach (November), Jamie Maclaren (December), Dimitri Petratos (January) and Stefan Mauk (February).
The Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 will be announced at the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League 2015/16 Awards Night on Tuesday, April 26.
Paul Juergens, Chair of the NSW/ACT State Leadership Council and NSW Retail GM, said he is delighted to see the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award continue to unearth the stars of tomorrow.
"We congratulate Jason on his nomination and look forward to watching his development and growth on the football field in the years to come,” said Juergens.
"We are also pleased to recognise Jason‘s nominated junior club, the Weston Molonglo Football Club in Canberra, and hope that our support will help the club to continue developing the game at a local grassroots level.”
NAB has generously donated a $1500 equipment pack and $1000 in a NAB Community Saver Account to Jason’s nominated junior club.
The overall winner of the Hyundai A-League's NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 award will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.
"As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award, we are proud to play an important role in identifying and rewarding the future stars of the game. Who knows, we may even see some of the nominees donning the boots for the Socceroos in the future,” Juergens continued.
Each month, representatives from the FFA technical department vote on a 3-2-1 basis for the most outstanding under-23 players in the Hyundai A-League during that period.