MILDURA City Soccer Club player Tyler Rayson has been crowned the best and fairest in the Football Federation Sunraysia league for the 2021 season.

The 22-year-old plumber said winning the award is his biggest achievement in the sport so far.

Rayson said he has been playing soccer for around 11 years and got hooked on it by chance.

“I played a few different sports and I didn’t really enjoy them, so I thought I’d just give soccer a go and haven’t looked back since,” he said.

“It’s hard to say what exactly I love the most about playing but I just feel a rush when I receive and distribute the ball and also when the team plays with confidence and as a unit.”

Rayson said he is “pretty stoked” to have claimed the award, after heading into the season with the drive to push for the best and fairest in the league.

“I was definitely speechless when my name was called out to have won the award,” he admitted.

“It felt amazing to know that the work I put into my game paid off.”

Rayson, who enjoys personal training sessions and running in his time away from the game, is aiming to continue the form he had during the past season into the next and to give it his all no matter what, whether that be on game day on the pitch or training with his squad.

Runner up for the award was Jordan Cox, of Nichols Point Soccer Club.

Mildura City were winners of the Senior Men S-League, with Irymple Knights finishing second.

Christian Pollifrone, from Mildura City, received the award for leading goal scorer, with his teammate Lukas Pedder finishing one goal behind him in second.

By ZOEY ANDREWS

Photo with thanks to: WADE AUNGER