Socceroos stars Mat Ryan and Harry Souttar have both been rewarded for their sparkling form in February.
Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Ryan’s display in the 1-1 draw against Premier League high-fliers Sheffield United earned him the Porsche Performance of the Month gong.
The Socceroos number one beat out impressive showings from Glenn Murray and Solly March in the Seagulls’ 3-3 draw against West Ham, gathering 42% of the fan’s vote.
Meanwhile, Souttar was recognised by the English Football League as the Young Player of the Month for February.
The 21-year-old, who has scored four goals in his two Socceroos caps, starred as Fleetwood Town went undefeated during six matches to leave the Cod Army in seventh place and poised for a League One playoff charge.
Souttar netted the winning goal in the 2-1 win against Doncaster to kick-start the unbeaten month as Fleetwood conceded only four goals in six matches.
“It’s nice to be recognised for your performances over in the league,” Souttar told socceroos.com.au
“We’re on a pretty decent run at the moment – claiming 19 points from 21 was a positive step for us in our promotion push.
“We’ve got quite a young back three and all three of us could have been up for the award.
“The two lads in front of us with the experience – Glenn Whelan and the captain Paul Coutts – is fantastic for us young lads at the back to be learning from.
“Whenever we need something or to ask a question, they will always be there for us.
“It can’t just go to one player in my opinion, it’s for the whole back four – the three centres and the goalie behind us, [Alex] Cairns, who has kept us in a lot of games this season.”