Chris Ikonomidis honoured with Professional Footballers Australia's Harry Kewell Medal

Honour: Cronulla footballer Chris Ikonomidis was awarded the PFA's Harry Kewell Medal. Picture: Supplied
Honour: Cronulla footballer Chris Ikonomidis was awarded the PFA's Harry Kewell Medal. Picture: Supplied

Chris Ikonomidis has been awarded the Harry Kewell Medal for outstanding achievement from an under-23 footballer.

Ikonomidis was honoured alongside Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as the Professional Footballers Australia major award winners for the 2018-19 season.

Ryan was named the 2019 PFA men's footballer of the year.

Sutherland Sharks junior Ikonomidis enjoyed an outstanding season with Perth Glory, helping the Western Australian club to the A-League premiership.

Ikonomidis, from Cronulla, has established himself as one of Australia's best and brightest emerging talents.

The 24-year-old scored nine goals and provided five assists in 20 appearances for Perth last season and was rewarded with a call up to the Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup tournament in January.

Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Ikonomidis featured in five matches for Australia during the campaign, scoring against Syria in Australia's 3-2 group B victory in the United Arab Emirates.

To cap a stellar season domestically and on the international stage, Ikonomidis was also named the A-League's young footballer of the year.

"To have this kind of recognition from my peers is special and for me it's the highest honour when players you play against give you that award," Ikonomidis said.

"It's also special winning an award with Harry Kewell's name on it. He was an idol of mine growing up and a reason I wanted to become a footballer.

"This award is special because it's voted on by people who know football at the professional level and people who I have played with and against."

Ryan was awarded the PFA men's footballer of the year after representing Australia at the Asian Cup in the UAE and the FIFA World Cup in Russia while consolidating his position as Brighton & Hove Albion's No.1 goalkeeper in the English Premier League.

Ikonomidis, who beat out Awer Mabil, Sapreet Singh and Dylan Wenzel-Halls for the Kewell Medal, will start his 2019-20 A-League campaign when the Glory host Brisbane in Perth on Sunday night.

Ikonomidis will get the chance to play in front of family and friends from the shire this season, with Perth to take on Sydney FC at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in round 23 on March 14.

The attacker missed the Glory's trip to Kogarah last season with a shoulder injury.

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