National-team captain Kaspars Gorkšs has beaten stiff competition from KKS Lech Poznań striker Artjoms Rudņevs to retain the Latvian player of the year award.
Central defender Gorkšs, who plies his trade with English second-tier side Queens Park Rangers FC, topped the poll ahead of Rudņevs and FC Sion goalkeeper Andris Vaņins. "It's a great honour as there are plenty of good players in Latvia," Gorkšs told UEFA.com. "This recognition adds extra responsibility, and I'll do my best not to disappoint the fans who think I'm the best."
Latvian First Division awards
Player/midfielder of the year – Jurijs Žigajevs (FK Ventspils, since moved to RTS Widzew Łódź)
Goalkeeper of the year – Kaspars Ikstens (FC Skonto)
Defender of the year – Vitalijs Smirnovs (FC Skonto)
Forward of the year – Nathan Junior (FC Skonto)
Young player of the year – Artūrs Zjuzins (FK Ventspils)
Coach of the year – Aleksandrs Starkovs (FC Skonto, Latvia)