Perth Glory’s dominance of the A-League in 2018-19 has been reinforced by the naming of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s team of the season.
The Premiers’ Plate winners were rewarded with six representatives, headed by the coach of the year Tony Popovic.
Glory’s player of the year, Diego Castro, was named captain of the all-star outfit, with four of his teammates also selected.
Jason Davidson and Shane Lowry were rated among the elite defenders in the A-League competition, Neil Kilkenny made the cut in the midfield and Chris Ikonomidis as a forward.
Goalkeeper Liam Reddy was picked as a substitute.
The captain is determined by the player who receives the most votes from A-League players at the end of the regular season.
Castro put the honour down to the team’s success this season.
“It’s an honour for me to receive the most votes from players from across the league and to feature in this team that has so many great players,” he said.
“It’s also fantastic to see a lot of my teammates in the team.
“It shows that it has been a team effort this season and it’s not just about one or two players.
“Of course, we are all happy with this award.”
“But we will be happier if we achieve more team success and win the grand final this Sunday.
“That must be our focus for the rest of this week.”
Glory’s grand final opponents Sydney FC have the next-highest number of representatives in the squad with four.
Wellington and Adelaide each had two.
PFA President, Sydney FC defender Alex Wilkinson, said the team demonstrated the quality of the A-League. “It’s great to see such a diverse and talented team, with a great mix of foreign and Australian players, which reiterates the fantastic talent we have in our league performing week in and week out,” Wilkinson said.
“The semifinals provided a reminder of the ability of many of our players in this league and we should celebrate their achievements.”
PFA team of the season
Goalkeeper: Filip Kurto
Defenders: Jason Davidson, Shane Lowry, Bart Schenkeveld, Rhyan Grant
Midfielders: Neil Kilkenny, Brandon O’Neill, Diego Castro
Forwards: Chris Ikonomidis, Ola Toivonen, Roy Krishna.
Substitutes: Liam Reddy, Michael Jakobsen, Isaias, Milos Ninkovic, Adam Le Fondre.
Coach: Tony Popovic.