Barnes named Melbourne City's Westfield W-League Player of the Year

Westfield W-League champions Melbourne City have named defender Lauren Barnes as their Player of the Year for the 2017/18 Season.

The American beat out strong competition to be named the standout player at a glamorous club event on Monday night.

In her second campaign with City, Barnes was instrumental in securing a third successive Grand Final triumph as the defending champions came from fourth to beat Sydney FC in February's decider.

The 28-year-old helped Patrick Kisnorbo's side to a league-best seven clean sheets and notched two assists along the way.

"Lauren has been exceptional for us in an outstanding team," Kisnorbo said.

"She is one of the most hard-working and dedicated athletes, plays with her heart on her sleeve and set out to achieve wonderful things with this team.

"She has been a positive and inspirational role model for our younger players [and] led by example throughout the season."

Barnes is currently turning out for Seattle Reign - also home to City team-mates Lydia Williams and Steph Catley - in the NWSL.

Elsewhere, Catley claimed the Coach's Award, while midfield ace Jess Fishlock scooped the Golden Boot for her seven strikes.