A standout performer in a Championship winning side, Foxtel National Youth League midfielder Daniel Araujo was quick to credit the whole team for his personal accolade at the Sky Blue Ball.
Putting in a number of impressive displays in the Sky Blues’ midfield, Araujo’s physical presence combined with his range of vision saw his performances draw the plaudits on the road to the 2015/16 title, as he claimed the NYL Players' Player of the Year award.
Filled with pride at taking out the award, Araujo said the feeling of winning silverware was his highlight from the Foxtel National Youth League 2015/16 season.
“I was happy and proud to be voted player of the year,” he said.
“I thought my performances over the NYL season were quite consistent but I had quality players around me which made my job easier.
“The standout moment would have to be when the full time whistle blew in the NYL Grand Final,” he continued.
“It was a great feeling knowing all the teams’ hard work and effort had paid off and resulted in the NYL trophy.”
Remaining a Sky Blue during the winter months, Araujo has made the transition to the Sydney FC PlayStation 4 NPL NSW 2 Mens side, and he said the differences between the two leagues are definitely noticeable.
Sydney FC currently top the PlayStation 4 NPL NSW 2 Mens ladder with 27 points, having scored 41 goals for the concession of 11, and Araujo has set his sights on promotion to NPL 1.
“I’ve found the NPL to be a lot more physical than the NYL,” he said.
“Teams tend to sit off and defend all game and try and catch us on the counter or off a set piece. We have done well as a team to adapt to the league and it’s shown in our results this season.
“My goals for this season now are to win the league and gain promotion into NPL 1.”
Sydney FC’s PlayStation 4 NPL NSW 2 Mens side are next in action against the North Shore Mariners at Lambert Park, Leichhardt on Saturday 14 May (kick off 7:45pm). Tickets are available at the gate.
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