Rising star . . . Tom Rogic. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Canberra's Tom Rogic has taken the November nomination for the 2012-13 NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, after a stellar month starring for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League and making his national team debut.
As a former Tuggeranong United junior, Rogic chose the Canberra club as the recipient of a $3000 equipment pack, which comes with the nomination.
''That's where I grew up playing my first games on Saturday morning when I was a kid and it's nice to be able to give something back to them,'' he said in nominating his junior club of choice.
Rogic, who has helped the Mariners consolidate top spot on the A-League table, made his Socceroos debut in the 2-1 win over Korea Republic.
He scored twice in the Mariners' 7-2 steamrolling of Sydney FC, and a week later the midfielder made the assist for Daniel McBreen's winner against Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.
Then in round eight, the 19-year-old fired home a late winner as Central Coast secured its first win over Brisbane Roar.
Rogic is the second of six nominees for the annual award, so far joining Newcastle Jets midfielder Craig Goodwin in the running for the grand prize.
The overall winner will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio.