After two nominations in a row, Chelsea’s Sam Kerr has been voted 2022 PFA Players’ Player of the Year!
Kerr’s first PFA Award win also makes her the first Australian to win PFA Players’ Player of the Year. She also becomes the first Australian woman to win an award after Harry Kewell won the PFA Young Player of the Year honour in 2000. Kerr’s impressive performance this year also saw her make the PFA Women’s Super League (WSL) Team of the Year.
After being pipped to the post last year by teammate Fran Kirby, Kerr deservedly takes home the 2022 trophy after putting up 20 goals to become the WSL’s top goal scorer this season. She was an instrumental part of Emma Hayes domestic-double winning side, scoring two goals, including an extra-time winner as Chelsea beat Manchester City to win back-to-back FA Cups. Sam also scored twice in the final WSL game of the season against Manchester United, seeing off Arsenal’s title hopes and helping Chelsea win a historic third consecutive league title.
Named WSL Player of the Season last month and voted the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year, Australia’s captain is a dynamic force at the London club and hailed as one of the most remarkable and complete centre forwards in women’s football.
Holding the trophy for the first time, Kerr said: “It's a massive honour I think, whenever you’re voted by your peers. I think that’s the highest honour as a player so, it’s an amazing feeling.”
When asked about some of the incredible performances she delivered for Chelsea this season, Kerr added, “I do a lot as a player, sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t, but I think you have to see yourself in those moments. I just have belief in myself honestly. Just lots of confidence that in the 90th minute or whenever it is, that the team will give me the ball and rely on me. Knowing that my team trust me gives me loads of confidence. I love those big moments - that's what I live for as a footballer.”
From all at the PFA, a massive congratulations Sam!