Hills Delighted By Player of the Year Honour

Oct 20, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers midfielder Fraser Hills has admitted his surprise after being recognised as the club’s Player of the Year for 2019.

Hills was revealed as the winner of the highly acclaimed honour on Friday night at the club’s annual Presentation Evening at Perry Park.

The award furthered a stand-out season for the 24-year-old midfielder, who returned to Brisbane Strikers this season following two years away.

Aside from being a mainstay of the league campaign, Hills was amongst the heroes in the club’s record-breaking FFA Cup Semi Final – scoring a stunning opener against Moreland Zebras in the Quarter Finals and a vital goal against Gold Coast Knights in Preliminary Round 7.

Hills said the Player of the Year award was a welcomed personal high point to wrap up an amazing season for the team.

“I really feel very privileged and am very happy to have won the Player of the Year award,” he explained.

“I’ve never won Player of the Year award before in my senior career, so it was a fair bit of a surprise but also a really good surprise.”

“I really thought there were so many players in our team that were great this year and would have been worthy winners.”

Hills was a mainstay of the Brisbane Strikers 2019 season – playing every match across the National Premier Leagues and FFA Cup campaigns – and cited the key members of the team’s support staff for ensuring he could contribute every game.

“I think this was the most amount of football I have played in any season in my career,” Hills said.

“I struggled in the past couple of years with injury, so to go the whole year without getting injured is a mix of luck and hard work.”

“I have to give full credit to our physio Will Jordan, strength and conditioning coach Jamie Wilson and our HPU team. They make sure we train not to get injured and they have done a great job.”

Brisbane Strikers head coach Owen Baker explained that Hills’ hard work made him a worthy winner of the accolade.

“Fraser truly did everything asked of him and more this year,” Baker said.

“He scored big goals for us at big moments in really big games and played a number of different positions.”

“On the pitch he worked tirelessly for the team and off the pitch has been a great influence in the dressing room.”

Hills said he is now eagerly looking forward to his next challenge – finding a location to display the award at home.

“Maybe I will put it in the kitchen where everyone can see it every day,” he suggested tongue-in-cheek.

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