Socceroos and Olyroos nominated for PFA Players' Awards 2021

A combined eight Socceroos and Olyroos have been rewarded for stellar individual seasons with nominations for the PFA Players' Awards 2021. 

Martin Boyle, Nikita Rukavytsya, Curtis Good and Jamie Maclaren are all in contention for the Men's Footballer of the Year, while Connor Metcalfe, Joel King, Denis Genreau and Marco Tilio are the four nominees for the Men's Young Footballer of the Year title. 

Boyle, Rukavystya, Good and Maclaren, who are on a six-player shortlist alongside A-League star Ulysses Davila and recently-retired Socceroo Mitch Langerak, were all members of the recent Australia squad that completed Round 2 of Asian FIFA World Cup Qualifying with a perfect record in June. 

Boyle, who scored in the Socceroos' win over Nepal, has been in fine form with Scottish side Hibernian - bagging 15 goals in a standout campaign last time out, before hitting the ground running in 2021-22 with five goals in as many matches. 

Rukavytsya enjoyed a similarly outstanding purple patch in front of goal, scoring 23 times to fire Maccabi Haifa to a historic Israeli league title.

Nikita Rukavytsya is high on confidence after a trailblazing season in the Israeli Premier League
Nikita Rukavytsya recently departed Maccabi Haifa following a season to remember

Not to be outdone, Maclaren converted 25 goals and set up five more, inspiring Melbourne City to their maiden A-League Premiership and Championship. During a season to remember, he was voted PFA Player of the Month on two occasions. 

Maclaren is joined on the shortlist by his teammate Good, who starred in the heart of defence during City's memorable A-League campaign. Good's form earned him a long-awaited recall to the Socceroos, where he added to his solitary national team cap back in 2014. 

In the Young Football of the Year category, four members of Australia's squad at Tokyo 2020 are up for the accolade. 

Metcalfe was another vital component of the Melbourne City juggernaught, starting all 24 matches he was available for before jetting off to make his Socceroos debut and start all three of the Olyroos' matches in Japan. 

King played every minute of Australia's Olympic campaign, after a solid season at fullback for A-League runners-up Sydney FC, which saw him named the competition's Young Player of the Year. 

Genreau impressed for the competition's new side Macarthur FC, and after also making his senior international debut and competing at Tokyo 2020, earned an exciting move to French outfit Toulouse FC. 

Finally, Marco Tilio rose to stardom with a string of impressive performances in City blue, catching the eye on their run to the Championship before carrying his form onto the international stage in spectacular fashion. Who could forget the teenager's heroics off the bench in that incredible upset victory over Argentina? 

Genreau Tilio
Marco Tilio and Denis Genreau have both enjoyed nominations for the PFA Men's Young Player of the Year award

The recipients of each award will be revealed in the coming weeks.