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Marco Rojas’ fine form was rewarded as the New Zealander was nominated as December’s NAB Young Footballer of the Year.
The Victory winger though is just doing what he needs to for the team.
“Yeah it’s always nice to be rewarded for your efforts. It’s a team game primarily and I only do what I need to do for the team to get the points, but it’s always nice to get recognized,” Rojas said after a tough session this morning.
Newcastle’s Craig Goodwin and Tom Rogic of the Central Coast have also been nominated and Rojas believes it’ll be a tough award to win.
“Everyone that has been selected are pretty good players, and they’ve done a lot for their team so it’s going to be a tough decision for whoever has to select it and I’m just happy to be involved in the race,” he told reporters.
The 21-year-old agrees that this season has been his best so far in his short career.
“Yeah I’d say so. I think it’s probably been my most consistent as well, I’ve managed to put a few alright performances together and that’s what I was hoping to do. I needed to do that, that was probably what was lacking in my game and I’ve got to keep practicing and keep doing that week in week out so we can make a charge towards the end of the season,” he stated.
Rojas has improved greatly under Ange Postecoglou, however, the Hamiltonian believes there is still more improvement to come.
“There’s a lot of improvement, there’s always a lot of improvement, [I’m] nowhere near the finished product. As long as I keep focusing, keep practicing, keep wanting to improve then I’m sure I’ll get a lot better,” he said.
The Victory only could grab a point off Central Coast in Launceston on Saturday, which according to the winger was very disappointing for the Victory.
“Yeah definitely, it wasn’t the nicest of changing rooms to be in after, it was pretty disappointing. I thought we played some pretty good football, probably the best football we’ve played in the whole season and not to be rewarded with the three points as well was very disappointing.
“We were probably a bit unlucky to not win so we need to start winning games and we’ve got eleven left so there’s plenty of games left as long as we pick up the three points.”
Rojas still hasn’t re-signed with the Blue and White for next season and could reach his dream of playing overseas, although Rojas’ father, who’s also his agent, will inform the Kiwi with his offers at the right time.
“Nah I’ve asked him to keep that (potential offers) away from me until I think the time is right.”