Matildas captain Sam Kerr has been pipped to the PFA’s women’s footballer of the year prize by fullback Ellie Carpenter.
Carpenter was voted by her peers as Australia’s best female player in the 2020-21 season, despite Kerr’s stellar season at English club Chelsea and Olympic heroics in Tokyo.
Lyon defender Carpenter also won the PFA’s young women’s footballer award to become the first female player to claim both awards in the same season.
It’s also the second year running Carpenter has won the women’s young footballer prize.
“I’m really surprised and feeling humbled to receive both awards,” the 21-year-old said.
“For me it goes to show that it’s not just me, it’s also the teams that I’ve been playing in as well.
“I’m so appreciative of my teammates and their support; credit to every girl on the Matildas and also my Lyon team here, it’s pushed me to be the best that I can be.”