Season Report Card: Brendan Hamill

Signed from the AIS in 2010, Brendan Hamill enjoyed a breakthrough season with Melbourne Heart in the 2011/12 season, making a total of 25 appearances for the Heart, adding to the 12 he made in his debut season.

"Last year I had a decent first year and this year the aim was to get a bit more game time. I'm working towards that."

Mission Accomplished.

Signed from the AIS in 2010, Brendan Hamill enjoyed a breakthrough season with Melbourne Heart in the 2011/12 season, making a total of 25 appearances for the Heart, adding to the 12 he made in his debut season. The teen who knocked back several Premier League offers in favour of first team football in Australia has been rewarded with the faith shown in him last season by John van-t Schip and the young Australian will be looking to build on that next season as he continues his fine development into a mature midfielder.

Proving comfortable on the ball, Hamill learnt many valuable lessons in a season where he was well and truly thrown into the deep end, playing a number of games at the back alongside fellow teen Curtis Good in the absence of Simon Colosimo. Hamill acquitted himself very well in the circumstances, having to grow quickly as he took on a role of leadership at the back, showing at times a maturity far greater than his years.

Highs: - Scoring a brilliant solo effort against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh. - Featured in five of Melbourne Heart-s seven clean sheets - Played 1760 minutes of senior football, over 1000 minutes more than last season.

Lows: - Losing his man, Adam Kwasnik, at the back post allowing the Central Coast to take a undeserved three points from AAMI Park.

In a word: Breakthrough