17 Dec 2014

Burns scorches to A-League award

6:48 pm on 17 December 2014

The Wellington Phoenix forward Nathan Burns has been named the A-League's player of the month.

Last month the 26-year-old became the first Phoenix player to score a hat trick for the club and was also named in the Socceroos 46-man provisional squad for the Asian Cup.

Burns edged out Awer Mabil, Vedran Janjetovic and Leigh Broxham for the award.

Wellington Phoenix striker Nathan Burns.

Nathan Burns is the first Phoenix player to score an A-League hatrick. Photo: Photosport

"It has been a fantastic start for the club and for me personally and this award just tops it off," says Burns.

"This has been the first time in along time when I have been able to get full pre-season under my belt and it has helped a lot. When I first came to the club I didn't really know what to expect but I have been hugely impressed and really enjoyed my time here so far."

"Without doubt the highlight of my time at the Phoenix was the hat trick I scored against Newcastle and it is a real honor to have become the first player at the club to do so."

The Wellington Phoenix are currently fifth on the A-League table and are away to fourth-placed Sydney FC on Sunday.

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