Wellington Phoenix has secured a second player of the month award with David Williams joining Roy Krishna as a 2018/19 recipient of the PFA accolade.

Williams was voted by his peers as the PFA Player of the Month for March, following an industrious month in which the Australian forward netted five of his 11-goal tally in just three matches.

The 31-year-old striker emerged as the winner ahead of February winner Diego Castro and Western Sydney Wanderers’ nominee Mitchell Duke.

The trio were selected by a committee comprised of former players and leading figures in the Australian football media, before being voted on by PFA members.

Williams, who received his award from PFA Player Development Manager and former Socceroo Jon McKain in Brisbane on Friday, paid tribute to his Phoenix teammates and his A-League peers who had voted.

“It’s an honour to receive this award because it’s been voted by players I’ve played with and against,” Williams said. 

“There’s been some great performances and games this season and I’m glad I have been able to contribute to them. To have been nominated alongside players such as Dukey and Diego feels pretty good.

“Thanks to the PFA for the award and thanks to my Phoenix boys. If the team is having some sort of success, then generally some individuals are having success as well.”

Since his return to the A-League following three seasons in the Hungarian top flight, Williams has been a revelation at the Phoenix. 

In March, Williams scored in the Phoenix’s 8-2 dismantling of the Mariners, before adding to his campaign tally with a strike against the Wanderers.

Williams then reminded A-League fans of his lethal ability with his second career hat-trick, against the Newcastle Jets. Williams scored after just 30 seconds in that encounter, before converting a penalty and executing one of the goals of the season; a fantastic cut in from the left before curling a powerful dipping effort in off the upright.

Williams is one part of the A-League’s most prolific partnership with PFA January Player of the Month Roy Krishna, who sits equal first on the A-League goal-scoring charts with 15 goals this season.  The pair have bagged a combined 26 goals for the Phoenix; over half of the team’s tally of 42 goals this campaign.

The PFA Player of the Month award recognises the on-field efforts of the players in Australia’s domestic competitions and was established in 2014.

Following the format of the PFA Player of the Year and Harry Kewell Medal voting, A-League players are asked to vote in a 3-2-1 basis from a shortlist of nominees chosen by an awards committee at the end of each month.

The PFA A-League Player of the Month is proudly supported by PFA Major Corporate Partner LUCRF Super.