Fabian Monge named player of the year

Y-League Player of the Year winner Fabian Monge poses for a photograph with his award during the Dolan Warren Awards at The Star Casino in Sydney on Monday. Picture: AAP
Y-League Player of the Year winner Fabian Monge poses for a photograph with his award during the Dolan Warren Awards at The Star Casino in Sydney on Monday. Picture: AAP

Bossley Park resident and Western Sydney Wanderers Academy player Fabian Monge confirmed his status as one of football's brightest prospects winning the Y-League Player of the Year award at Monday night's Dolan Warren Awards.

Monge, a Marconi Stallions junior, has excelled in the junior ranks scoring on his Wanderers debut in the Y-League and helping the red and blacks to consecutive under-18s grand finals.

The 17-year-old was also named the best player of the talented National Youth League team at the recent Wanderers awards night.

A current member of the Young Socceroos, the former Bossley Park High School student was recently promoted to the Wanderers A-League team on a scholarship contract.

Earlier this month the Wanderers started a clear-out of the squad after failing to make the finals for a second straight season after an eight-placed finish.

They announced the departure of 11 players, including four of their five imports.

Captain Brendan Hamill has also opted not to stay at Western Sydney Wanderers and will be joining another A-League club.

Hamill joined the club during the club's 2014 AFC Champions League campaign, where he made his debut against Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande.

He started in both legs of the Champions League final that season, when Wanderers became the first, and so far only, Australian club, to win that prestigious trophy.

Hamill brought up his 100th appearance just before the end of the season, finishing on 103 games.

Playing as a centre back, 26-year-old Hamill captained the club this season, tallying 24 A-League games in 2018-19,

"Brendan has been nothing short of exceptional for this club, both as a player and person," Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said.

"He will forever be associated with a successful part of this club's history and we wish him every success in the next part of his journey."

Hamill has been linked with new Victorian club Western United, who will join the league next season.

He thanked the Wanderers' supporters for their "undying passion" and wished the club nothing but the best for the future.

"It's been an absolute privilege to represent this club, my home town where I was raised, for the last five seasons," the Chipping Norton FC junior said.

"Not a day has passed that I've ever taken it granted."