Ryan nabs monthy award

Reward ... Mariners goalkeeper Mat Ryan

Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mat Ryan is the fourth nominee for the 2011-2012 NAB Young Footballer of the Year award.

Ryan was voted the most outstanding under-21 player for January after standout performances in four matches.

Ryan kept three clean sheets in wins over Melbourne Heart, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

Ryan is following on from a standout debut season between the posts for Central Coast when he won the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award.

Ryan is currently in Dubai with the Australian under-23 team preparing for the Olympic qualifying matches against Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates this month.

The previous nominees are Gold Coast's James Brown and his Mariners teammates Bernie Ibini-Isei and Mustafa Amini.

The four will be joined by two players to be nominated for February and March in the quest to win the annual award.

The overall winner will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services and the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.

Source: SBS