'Kicky ball' king Jedinak vying for Sports Dad of the Year

Is Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak about to add another title to his long list of accomplishments?

The midfield enforcer is among 10 elite Australian athletes vying for the Sports Dad of the Year Award.

The award showcases the contribution Australia's sporting stars make to their families both on and off the field.

Now in its seventh year, the Philips Sports Dad of the Year will highlight elite athletes across a broad range of sporting fields, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments.

Flying the flag for football is the Crystal Palace skipper and last year’s Asian International Footballer of the Year.

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The father of two – Andre (3) and Alexander (2) – says his family keep him firing through a demanding schedule of Premier League and international commitments.

"My kids coupled with the rest of my family are my inspiration and the reason why I'm able to have this chosen career,” the World Cup veteran told sportsdads.com.au

Naturally enough, taking his boys to the football, is one of their favourite times together, where Andre and Alexander love to emulate dad by running around the pitch.

But the absences are hard.

“I think it's getting harder as they are getting older and are able to understand that I'm going away, even though they think I'm going on holidays most the time,” Mile said.

And what is it they think their dad does?

“As they get older they understand that daddy plays ‘kicky ball’ and ‘falls on the ground’ to put it in their own terms.”

Mile’s partner Natalie said the family “FaceTime everyday” when Mile is away and “we always send him a good luck video message.”

The former Central Coast Mariners star led the Socceroos to Asian Cup glory in January but is destined to miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

Jedinak absence confirmed

Others vying for Sports Dad of the Year are test cricket star Brad Haddin, Richmond Tigers AFL captain Trent Cotchin, Australian rugby league stars Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis, two time Grand Slam winner and Aussie Davis Cup hero Lleyton Hewitt, Wallaby captain Stephen Moore, V8 Supercar star James Courtney, Bulldogs and NSW Blues firebrand David Klemmer, and captain of the all-conquering Kookaburras Mark Knowles.

Last year's winner was Sydney Roosters retired legend Anthony Minichiello.

Nominated Sports Dads are profiled on sportsdads.com.au which includes questions and answers from the players about their families, as well as comments from the athletes' partners and children, plus family photos.

All entrants have the opportunity to win special prizes for their own father this Father's Day and the Sports Dad of the Year will win $5000 to donate to their charity of choice.

So come on football family fans get voting now. You have until Tuesday. The winner will be announced on Father’s Day, Sunday, September 6.