Jamie Dwyer doesn't wear his awards as a badge of honour but recognises the immense prestige of being named the world's best hockey player for a record fourth time.
But his only focus now is the arrival of his and wife Leoni's second child next month as he takes a well earned rest from the game.
It has been a successful year on the world stage for the 31-year-old, winning the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games gold as a member of Ric Charlesworth's Kookaburras.
When the International Hockey Federation last week named him as the international player of the year they expressed the views of the game's elite who cast the votes for the award.
Dwyer, who will be home in Perth until early next year before playing out the European season with his Dutch team Bloemenbaal, said he felt extremely humbled by the award.
"You cannot but feel honoured when you win an award voted for by your peers," Dwyer said.
"I played well this year but overall it is the team's success that I am most proud of because that is what you play for."
He said the highlight of the year was Australia winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years with everything else flowing on.
Dwyer, who previously won the player of the year in 2004, 2007 and 2009, and the junior award in 2002, believes there is room for improvement in his game.
"There is a lot of work I can do in the lead-up to the London Olympics. I am far from a complete player," he said.
Dwyer said Charlesworth had stretched him and had been far from the drill master he expected.
"He is a brilliant coach and has given me the confidence to add parts to my game that was not there previously," Dwyer said.
"As a team, we need to improve to stretch the gap between ourselves and the rest of the world building towards the Olympic Games."
Dwyer's focus will be on a second Olympic gold, having triumphed in Athens in 2004.Next year it will be a relatively light program in terms of major international tournaments but Dwyer will not be thinking about his plans beyond 2012 until after the Games.
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