A-LEAGUE star Shinji Ono was recognised for his contribution to western Sydney during an award ceremony at Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium last week.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said Ono's starring role for the Wanderers, which comes to an end with the close of the regular season in May, and the midfielder's contribution to football in western Sydney had made him a "community hero".
"Ono's signing was a major coup for the Wanderers, helping raise the profile of the team and Parramatta," Cr Chedid said.
"He's a true ambassador for our city who has had a huge influence on fans, businesses and the local community."
Ono said he was proud to have received the medal and thanked the community for their support.
"When I play in Parramatta I feel like I'm part of a family," he said. "It's an incredible feeling every time I get on the field. The atmosphere created by the crowd is fantastic.
"I will miss the fans and my teammates, and I hope to one day come back either as a player or coach, or even as a spectator."