Central Coast young gun Tom Rogic has been announced as the second nominee for the 2012/13 NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.
Rogic has been a standout for the Mariners on a number of occasions this A-League season, with his highlight coming in round five against Sydney FC where he netted a double in the team’s 7-2 victory.
His year has been capped off with a debut for the Socceroos against South Korea last month, and he made great use of his opportunity by impressing coach Holger Osieck, who has since selected the 19-year-old in Australia’s squad for the East Asian Cup qualifiers.
Despite his quick rise to prominence, Rogic still wants to build his game and considers the Mariners to be one of his highest priorities.
“The past month has not only been great for myself but for the club, the Mariners are sitting at the top of the table and we’ve had a few good results so hopefully we can keep building on that,” Rogic said.
“For myself, getting my first call-up for the national team was an amazing honour, and I feel very privileged and very grateful for the opportunity.
“It was great to get my debut against Korea Republic and now to be here for the East Asian Cup qualifiers is even better.”
Rogic joins Newcastle Jets midfielder Craig Goodwin as nominee for the award. Four more players will be nominated throughout the remainder of the A-League season.