Departing left-back Adama Traore has taken out Melbourne Victory's player of the season award.
Winning by one vote over James Troisi, Traore's Victory Medal win is likely to bolster his hopes of earning a contract in Europe next season.
The Cote d'Ivoire-born player announced last week he would not sign a new A-League contract, eyeing a professional career overseas.
Coach Kevin Muscat called Traore a deserved winner of the award.
"It got unbelievably close at the end, I was thinking we were going to have a tie between him and James (Troisi)," Muscat said.
"Every player has shown great determination and passion and we are all looking forward to achieving even greater success next season as we celebrate the club's 10th anniversary."
Traore polled 37 votes to win ahead of Troisi (36), Leigh Broxham (32) and Mark Milligan (31).
Attention now turns to Troisi - who won the player's player of the year award and the golden boot - and whether he will continue on under Muscat.
The 25-year-old is co-owned by Italian giants Juventus and Atalanta, spending the season at Victory on loan.
Either way, with the Awards night signalling the end of Victory's long season, Muscat can now turn to spending some of the cash freed by Traore's departure and Archie Thompson's move inside the salary cap.
Welsh international Jess Fishlock won Victory's W-League player of the year award.