Clare Wheeler is the perfect example of what coach Craig Deans is trying to build in the Newcastle Jets W-League team.
Not just a talented local product, but a hard-working, driven and consistent performer.
So Deans was "very happy" to see Wheeler recognised with the two top W-League awards at the club's annual presentation on Monday night at Newcastle City Hall.
The Adamstown junior was named player of the year and the Cheryl Salisbury Dedication Medal recipient. Wheeler earned the inaugural medal last year for her efforts on and off the pitch.
Deans said the 21-year-old was consistently Newcastle's best in a season marred by injuries to key players. The Jets finished seventh.
"She was left as the experienced player in midfield because of the injuries we had and I think that made it even more special," Deans said.
"I'm just very happy for her, because she doesn't get much recognition outside of Newcastle, which is pretty poor. She never gets nominated for the young player of the month, or anything like that, but she's consistently playing well.
"Within our club she's very highly valued and respected. She's just a very good example for our players about consistency, hard work and dedication."
US goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom was named members' player of the year. Cortnee Vine, the leading scorer with four, earned goal of the year for her effort in round three against Canberra.