Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) is delighted to announce Wellington Phoenix forward Nathan Burns as the PFA Player of the Month for November.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a stellar November becoming the first Phoenix player to score a hat trick for the club before deservedly being named in the Socceroos 46-man provisional squad for the Asian Cup.

Having edged out fellow nominees Awer Mabil, Vedran Janjetovic and Leigh Broxham, Burns said he was extremely honored to have been chosen by the players as the PFA A-League Player of the Month.

“It has been a fantastic start for the club and for me personally and this award just tops it off,” said 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.”

PFA President Matt McKay paid tribute to Burns and said he was an extremely worthy recipient.

“Nathan’s form at the Phoenix has been truly outstanding and he has been a huge contributor to their extremely impressive start to the season,” said McKay.

“It has been fantastic to see him playing at his best and tormenting A-League defenders and it is also very encouraging for the Socceroos with the Asian Cup fast approaching.”