Sainsbury wins Mariners Medal

Season to remember ... Sainsbury shows off his medal (John Dewberry / Central Coast Mariners)

Central Coast Mariners defender Trent Sainsbury has won the Mariners Medal awarded to the club's player of the season.

Sainsbury, who has been strongly linked with a move overseas, picked up the award after a superb season that saw the Mariners win the A-League grand final with a 2-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

It caps a memorable day for Sainsbury, who at lunchtime was named in an Australia training camp by Socceroos coach Holger Osieck.

"I am lucky to play in a team with a number of good players, and any one of my team mates could have won the award tonight," Sainsbury said.

"We've achieved a lot this season and to be voted by my team-mates to receive this honour makes me immensely proud."

The Mariners Medal is voted for by Mariners players on a 3-2-1 basis with past recipients being Michael Beauchamp, Danny Vukovic, Mile Jedinak, Matt Simon, Joshua Rose and Mathew Ryan.

Striker Daniel McBreen collected the Golden Boot award while midfielder Michael McGlinchey won the Fans’ Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year.

McBreen and McGlinchey were also recognised for their hat-tricks during the A-League campaign - a feat never before achieved by a Mariners player.

2013 Central Coast Mariners Medal Dinner – Award Winners
"¢ Mariners Medal Winner – Trent Sainsbury
"¢ Fans’ Player of the Year – Michael McGlinchey
"¢ Central Coast Mariners Golden Boot – Daniel McBreen
"¢ Chairman’s Award – Sharon Pearce

Source: SBS