Nikas caps superb season

Central Coast Mariners National Youth League captain Panny Nikas has capped an impressive debut season in the competition, by being crowned the NYL’s player of the season for 2009/10.

Central Coast Mariners National Youth League captain Panny Nikas has capped an impressive debut season in the competition, by being crowned the NYL-s player of the season for 2009/10.

Nikas polled highest in the 3-2-1 vote made by the referees in the NYL this season, and says the honour is a highlight of his short career.

"I-ve been really happy with my season but also the team-s effort in winning the minor premiership. All the boys had a fantastic year and they are a big part of this too," Nikas said.

Nikas featured in all but three of the Premiership winning young Mariners- matches this season, picking up the team-s golden boot award in the process with 13 goals in 22 games.

The 21-year-old made his Hyundai A-League debut in the round 21 clash against Wellington Phoenix on New Year-s Eve and went on to feature in three first team matches.

"The club congratulates Panny on his achievement, it-s a testament to not only his fine season but also to the work of the entire National Youth League squad and its coach Tony Walmsley," said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.