SINGAPORE - Even at the ripe old age of 42, Aleksandar Duric still has what it takes to mix it up with the big boys.
The veteran Tampines Rovers striker will go head-to-head with Home United and Tanjong Pagar United marquee signings Lee Kwan Woo and Monsef Zerka for this year's S-League Player of the Year Award, along with Geylang International's Jozef Kaplan and Balestier Khalsa's Paul Cunningham.
Despite a mid-season regime change at the Clementi Stadium, former Singapore international Duric continued to be a consistent source of goals for Stags coach Tay Peng Kee, banging in 15 goals.
The three-time Player of the Year winner's tally means that he will share the top scorer award with Woodlands Wellington's South Korean forward Moon Soon Ho.
Another player who could win two awards is Lee, who is a contender for the Goal of the Year.
Singaporean players failed to feature in the Young Player of the Year category.
The award is a toss-up between Sirina Camara - also in the running for Goal of the Year for his thumping 35-metre strike against Albirex Niigata, and Song Ui Young (both Home United), Kazuki Sakamoto and Kento Nagasaki (both Albirex Niigata), and Hougang's Mamadou Diallo.
There were no surprises among the Coach of the Year nominees as Darren Stewart (Balestier), Lee Lim Saeng (Home), Patrick Vallee (Tanjong Pagar) and Salim Moin (Woodlands) were shortlisted.
The New Paper's Sazali Abdul Aziz is also up for the Story of the Year Award for his article on Tanjong Pagar captain Hafiz Osman ("Hafiz O just won't give up" on Oct 23, 2013).
He is up against The Straits Times' Fabius Chen and FootballOPOD's Nicholas Neo. The awards will be given out at the S-League Awards Night on Sunday at ITE College East.
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