Milligan wins Joe Marston medal

Melbourne Victory skipper Mark Milligan has capped a stellar season by winning the Joe Marston Medal for the best afield in the Grand Final.

Milligan was integral to Victory’s 3-0 triumph over Sydney FC in Sunday’s decider and was honoured with the medal.

“From the first moment we stepped out on the pitch tonight the fans were absolutely unbelievable,” Milligan told Fox Sports.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat praised Milligan as a big-game performer.

“You think about the big nights and you expect the big players to turn up. Millsy led the team well," Muscat said.

The Grand Final triumph was Milligan’s first in the A-League, having missed Sydney FC decider in the inaugural season due to suspension.

He said ending the long wait made this success even sweeter.

“It’s been a long nine to 10 years without being fortunate to play in a Grand Final,” Milligan said.

“Full credit to our boys tonight, they were outstanding.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Right from the first whistle we were focused and got everything we deserved tonight.”

Milligan also said his remarkable season, which included winning the Asian Cup with the Socceroos and playing in a World Cup, had been up there with his best.

“I don’t think it’ll sink in until I see my kids in a few minutes,” he added. “Once I see all the boys and my kids it’ll sink in.”