Isaías humbled to win Club Champion award for record fourth time


Isaías revealed he was surprised after winning the Aurelio Club Champion Award for a third consecutive year at the Reds’ 2018/19 Awards Night on Tuesday.

The Spaniard has now won the prestigious accolade a record four times with his first arriving in his maiden season with the Club in 2013/14.

He was a dominant force in midfield once again this season, scoring four goals and laying on a further two assists while playing every minute of all 27 Hyundai A-League matches.

Isaías was initially lost for words, admitting his shock, before going on to thank his teammates, coaches and family for helping him along another successful year.

“I don’t know what to say, I wasn’t expecting to get this award again,” he said upon collecting this award.

“We’ve an amazing group of players in the squad and they were really consistent and they did a really good season and I’m surprised that I got this award again.

“…I would like to thank all my teammates, the coaching staff and the people that work in the office everyday really hard.

“Without them it’s impossible to get this and they make my job a lot easier.

“I would also like to mention my family, without their support I wouldn’t be here.”

The influential midfielder has seemingly gotten better with age and has thrived under the added responsibility of being Captain since being given the armband at the start of last season.

“At the start it was a bit of pressure to myself because it was the first time in my career,” he said.

“But at the same time, it’s a huge honour for me to represent the Club and to wear the armband.”

The 32-year-old also said he has had the benefit of learning from many leaders previously at the Club and stressed there are also other leaders currently in the team to share the load.

“I’ve learned a lot from leaders in the past from (Jon) McKain, from Galekovic, from Bruce (Djite), from (Nigel) Boogaard,” he said.

“But we’ve a lot of different players that help me lead the group and without them it’s going to be impossible.”

Isaías also agreed that his perspective on football has changed since having a family, allowing him to separate the two things he cherishes most.

“It’s nice when you lose a game or you’ve a bad day in your training or whatever you arrive home, and you see your children and you forget about football and this is the most amazing thing that happened to me.”

Adelaide are at full strength heading into Sunday’s Elimination Final against Melbourne City, something which the former Espanyol man is delighted about.

“We’re really happy to know that everyone is fit again,” he said.

“As you said the difficult part now is for Marco to choose the first eleven and even the players that are on the bench it will be a difficult decision for him.

“Everyone is doing an excellent job and everyone is pushing each other to get into the first eleven.”

The Spaniard was also recognised by the Club’s loyal supporters after clinching the Stillwell Hyundai Members’ Player of the Year for a second successive season.

Members are sent an email at the end of every regular season match and have the opportunity to cast their vote on who was their player of the match.

Isaías revealed this accolade also holds a special place in his heart, and praised Reds fans for their unconditional support throughout the campaign.  

“This award is always a special one,” he said.

“We know the heart of the Club is the fans and they’re always so special for us and they support us home and away and they mean so much for us.”

Adelaide United host Melbourne City in a Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Elimination Final on Sunday, 5 May at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 6.30pm ACST. Gates open 5.30pm.