How have the best young talent to come through Australia’s top tier fared since collecting the prestigious award? Check out where they are now.

Nick Ward – Perth Glory (2005/06)

Since claiming the first A-League Young Footballer of the Year award in the inaugural season, it is fair to say that Ward has had quite a nomadic career.

From having a short stint with English side Queens Park Rangers before returning down under to play for a host of A-League outfits. The 33-year-old is now based in India having recently joined I-League outfit NEROCA.

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Adrian Leijer – Melbourne Victory (2006/07)

After imposing himself in the A-League with Melbourne, Leijer was snapped up by Premier League side Fulham.

However, the movie did not quite go to planned and the centre half returned to Victory in 2009 and spent six seasons back in the A-League before once again trying to make it overseas.

The 32-year-old played in the Chinese Super League with Chongqing Lifan and is currently based in Korea with Suwon FC.

Bruce Djite – Adelaide United (2007/08)

After departing Adelaide, Djite spent a couple of seasons playing in Turkey before returning to the A-League to join the now defunct Gold Coast United.

Like Leijer, the target man re-joined his boyhood club before reigniting his career overseas with Suwon FC.

Djite is now on the books of PSM Makassar in Indonesia’s top flight.

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Scott Jamieson – Adelaide United (2008/09)

Currently plying his trade with Melbourne City, Jamieson spent time with Sydney FC, Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers before moving abroad for the 2016/17 campaign when he joined Swedish side IFK Goteborg.

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Tommy Oar – Brisbane Roar (2009/10)

One of the brightest young talents to have played in the A-League, Oar spent two campaigns with the Roar before heading overseas to join Dutch outfit FC Utrecht.

The midfield dynamo spent five profitable seasons in Holland before returning to Brisbane with a failed move to Championship side Ipswich Town sandwiched in between his return.

Now based in Cyprus with APOEL, Oar enjoyed a profitable start to his time in the Mediterranean before a change of manager saw him frozen out and struggling for game time.

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Mathew Ryan – Central Coast Mariners (2010/11, 2011/12)

If you do not know where Matty Ryan is playing you must be living under a rock! After breaking onto the scene with the Mariners he joined Belgian outfit Club Brugge before a brief spell in La Liga with Valencia.

The 26-year-old is now the first-choice goalkeeper for Premier League team Brighton and Hove Albion and looks on course to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Mark Schwarzer.

Marco Rojas – Melbourne Victory (2012/13)

Dubbed the ‘Kiwi Messi’ for his slick skills and quick change of pace, you can currently find the winger in the Netherlands playing for SC Heerenveen.

Currently in his second spell overseas, Rojas’ time abroad is yet to come to fruition. After spending time with Stuttgart in Germany and FC Thun in Switzerland we can only hope that his latest move will be a successful one.

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Adam Taggart – Newcastle Jets (2013/14)

Recipient of the Golden Boot during his break out campaign in the Hunter, Taggart notched an impressive 16 goals in his 25 league matches.

However, the 24-year-old could not replicate that kind of return during his time overseas with injury hampering his development throughout his stint in England.

Back in the A-League with Glory, his hometown club, Taggart is slowly rebuilding his career as he looks to secure a move overseas and a possible recall to the Socceroos.

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James Jeggo – Adelaide United (2014/15)

After becoming a regular starter in Josep Gombau’s Adelaide’s side, Austrian born Jeggo departed United for Sturm Graz in the Austrian top tier.

It took some time for the 26-year-old to adjust to the move overseas however he’s now one of the first names on the team sheet for the Austrian Bundesliga side. With Graz currently in second place we could soon see Jeggo featuring in the European Champions League.

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Jamie Maclaren – Brisbane Roar (2015/16, 2016/17)

Currently only one of two players to scoop the A-League Young Footballer of the Year award along with Matt Ryan, Maclaren is now based in Scotland with Hibernian, on loan from German side Darmstadt 98.

His loan spell with the Scottish side has gone to plan and he recently wrote his name into the Hibs history books with his winner in the Edinburgh Derby against Hearts.

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