Dual accolades for Western United defender

Tomoki Imai has been named the Western United Player of the Season. (Supplied/Western United)

Tomoki Imai has been named the Western United player of the season.

Imai was announced as the winner of the gong at the 2020-21 Western United Football Club Awards, presented by Tasman Logistics, earlier this month.

Imai, a defender originally from Japan, joined Western United in February this year.

Out of 26 games played with the club, he has recorded 90 clearances, 1393 passes with an 85.1 per cent success rate and 46 inceptions.

Imai also received the Forever West Award (Fans’ Player of the Season) presented by Wyndham council.

“I’m super happy that I was able to be awarded two awards,” Imai said.

“I couldn’t do it without all of the Western United fan’s support.

“I appreciate my teammates, staff and fans from the bottom of my heart.

“I would also like to thank my family members who were always by my side throughout this tough season.”

The Young Player of the Season was won by Dylan Pierias for the second year in a row.

Western United gave fans and members the opportunity to vote for the Emerald Goal Award (Fans’ Goal of the Season), which went to Lachlan Wales for his goal against Wellington Phoenix in match week 18.

The season’s Golden Boot was won by Besart Berisha with seven goals scored throughout the 2020-21 campaign.

Other award winners were goalkeeper Ryan Scott, who took home the Club Person of the Season award for the second year in a row. The Club Person is voted by Western United players and staff.

Western United also last week announced that it has re-signed midfielder Luke Duzel for another two seasons.

“I’m very humbled and excited to sign on for a further two years at this fantastic club,” Duzel said.

“Everyone here has supported and believed in me since the day I arrived at the club.

“This club means a lot to me as I grew up in the west of Melbourne and I’d like to win as many games as possible next year and hopefully win some silverware for the club and our loyal supporters.”