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By ESPN Staff
Apr 26, 2012

Melbourne Heart goalie Bolton is best

Melbourne Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton has capped a stellar A-League season by claiming back-to-back player of the year awards.

The 36-year-old produced seven clean sheets in 26 appearances in 2011-12 to help him win the award - voted on by the club's coaching staff - ahead of Eli Babalj, Mate Dugandzic, Fred and Michael Marrone.

Bolton was honoured at a club function in Melbourne on Thursday night, with outgoing coach John van 't Schip paying tribute to the keeper's consistency that played a big part in the Heart's sixth-place finish and qualification for the finals.

"Clint's professionalism and thorough approach to match day preparation and training has allowed him to perform at an elite level for an incredibly long time," van 't Schip said.

"Throughout the season, Clint was called upon time and time again to produce key saves and guide our defence, which is among the key reasons we were able to qualify for the finals series."

Bolton and Fred were named co-winners of the Supporters Player of the Year and Eli Babalj recipient of the John Aloisi Golden Boot for leading goal-scorer.

The Clubman Award, which honours the player who has best embodied the spirit, character and values of the club, both on and off the field was awarded to Aziz Behich.

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