Ramy Najjarine lit up the A-League in the opening month of the season.
The Jets playmaker bedazzled opponents with fancy footwork, flicks, step-overs and a wicked left boot that terrorised keepers from freekicks and corners.
It was an opportunity Najjarine craved but didn't get at Melbourne City, and the reason the Olyroo jumped at the chance to join the Jets on loan.
The stunning start to the campaign also brought extra attention from defenders.
After missing two games nursing a badly bruised ankle, the silky No.10 is back for the Jets' trip to Melbourne to tackle a desperate Victory at AAMI Park on Sunday.
"It has been frustrating," he said of the layoff. "I have confidence back in my ankle. It's part of football. Defenders are going to try and stop you. I know what I am getting myself into. If I am attracting players there is more space for my teammates."
Najjarine's early season form was rewarded with a nomination for the Young Player of the Year award.
"I am very humbled to be recognised as the young player of the month," the 20-year-old said. "I'd like to thank the people around me for giving me belief and faith. The club has treated me amazing since I first arrived and I want to repay that faith. There are a lot of talented players here who make my job easier on the pitch."
Two of those men are Angus Thurgate and Steve Ugarkovic. As well as team up in the centre of the park, they are also housemates along with defender Johnny Koutroumbis.
"There is never a dull moment," Najjarine said. "We talk a lot about football. There is a lot of banter and if a game is on TV, we sit down and analyse it. It's good."
Although happy with his start to the campaign, Najjarine is confident that his best football is ahead of him.
"I'm only four or five games in," he said. "I'm still building into it. I want to be up high on the goal chart and with assists. It is a big part of my game. I just have to stay fit and healthy."
Jets coach Craig Deans hasn't confirmed if Najjarine will start or play off the bench behind the impressive Luka Prso.
"It's a tough call," Deans said. "Luka has done very well since he has come in. Obviously Ramy, before the Melbourne City game, everyone in the competition was talking about him.
"It is a good problem to have. They each bring a different perspective to the game.
"It's a matter of looking at the opposition and which of the two will cause them the most problems."
However, Deans did confirm that wingback Matt Millar will start his first game for the season after returning from a loan stint at English League One club Shrewsbury Town.
"He will be better for his experience in England," Deans said. "League one is a good standard of football.
"He looks fit, he looks sharp. He hasn't played for a little while but he has had two good weeks of training behind him.
"He brings another attacking option to the team. A bit of running, a bit of power. And he has habit of scoring goals in crucial games. Hopefully he can pop up with one again on Sunday."
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