Tom Stelzer puts his reputation (and his life) on the line by naming his A-League 2015/16 Team of the Season. Who makes it, who doesn't? He even gives a run to a couple of Reds players!
Goalkeeper, Newcastle Jets
Far and away Newcastle’s standout player, Birighitti’s performances deserved better than the results offered in a disappointing Jets season. He can feel aggrieved to have missed out on the Goalkeeper of the Year Award, but is rightly attracting interest from overseas.
Defender, Perth Glory
Played his way into the national team with a series of impressive performances and rightfully so. Risdon matched positional and defensive solidity with handy delivery in attack.
Defender, Aelaide United
A consistent performer in an Adelaide side whose star seems to be the strength of the team unit. Ever-reliable, McGowan’s leadership was integral to the league’s most miserly and well-organised defence.
Defender, Melbourne Victory
A progressive passer and masterful defender, Delpierre shone season-long in what turned out to be a career swansong. As with Jurman at Sydney FC, a rare highlight in an otherwise disappointing season for Melbourne Victory.
Defender, Western Sydney Wanderers
An ever-improving and hard-working mainstay, Jamieson proved defensively solid and brought a gallivanting spirit to the Wanderers attack.
Midfielder, Brisbane Roar
Imposed his continental style and dictated the play in an evolving Brisbane side. Clever and composed in possession, he topped the passing charts comfortably.
Midfielder, Melbourne City
A home-grown talent who has developed into arguably Australia’s best player. With all signs pointing to a departure to Europe, Mooy will be sorely missed but serves as a testament to the A-League’s ability to nurture and develop local players.
Midfielder, Adelaide United
An attacking fulcrum, Carrusca found himself near the top of the charts in most of the key creative statistics. A well-rounded and expressive contributor in Adelaide’s resurgent run to the Premiers Plate.
Forward, Perth Glory
Castro almost single-handedly transformed Perth’s season and was the heart of their latter-day attacking prowess. His contribution extended well beyond goals and assists and when kept quiet, Perth’s forward-play suffered markedly.
Striker, Brisbane Roar
A breakout season for the young striker who became the highest-scoring Australian player in an A-League season. A bright spark who almost fired Brisbane to another Grand Final and whose achievements may have been lost in the long shadow cast by Bruno Fornaroli.
Striker, Melbourne City
Broke the all-time goal-scoring record for Melbourne City (nee Heart) in a single season. A foreign import who has blossomed in Australia and perhaps signifies the newfound pulling power of the A-League.
Goalkeeper, Adelaide United
His experience proved valuable in Adelaide’s miraculous turnaround and finished with a league-high 12 clean sheets in 21 appearances.
Defender, Sydney FC
The singular standout in a poor Sydney side, Jurman furthered his reputation as a combative, defensive stalwart.
Midfielder, Western Sydney Wanderers
One of the key creative contributors in a Wanderers side noted for its industry.
Forward, Melbourne City
Formed a formidable partnership with Mooy and Fornaroli in a free-scoring City team.
Striker, Melbourne Victory
A quiet season by his own high standards, Berisha still managed a return of 18 goals in 26 games.