Glory skipper Diego Castro has been named the PFA Professional Footballers Australia) Player of the Month for February.
The Spaniard beat off stiff competition from Adelaide United skipper Isaias and Milos Ninkovic of Sydney FC, as well as his Glory teammate Chris Ikonomidis, to secure the award which is voted upon by PFA members.
The former Johnny Warren Medal winner endured an injury-ravaged start to the season, but has featured in every game since Round 11 and contributed five goals and three assists.
He was particularly influential during February, scoring in the vital victories over Brisbane Roar at HBF Park and Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park and also adding two assists.
While understandably delighted to have received the February award, however, the 36-year-old was quick to acknowledge the role played by his teammates and to focus on what is shaping up to be a thrilling business-end of the season for Glory.
"It’s a big honour just to be nominated for this award, so to win it is very special," he said.
“It is also a recommendation for our whole playing group and the success that we have enjoyed this season.
“On a personal note, my season didn’t start well due to injury, but thanks to the care of our medical and coaching staff, I’m now back to the level I need to be at both mentally and physically.
“I’m really looking forward to us performing strongly in the final rounds of the regular season and then in the finals.”