Instant-Dict's mercurial defender Dimitre Kalkanov may have won himself an improved one-year contract with the league and FA champions after becoming the first overseas player to be crowned Hong Kong's Footballer of the Year. The 32-year-old Bulgarian, who has been in trouble with officialdom on more than one occasion this season, capped his best year as a player after his fellow professionals and the media voted overwhelmingly for him in the main category at last night's RTHK-sponsored awards ceremony. Kalkanov said his first priority now was to sort out his immediate future with the club, saying he should have a clearer picture at the end of the week. 'I'll probably have discussions with my club tomorrow. We've had a good season. I'll probably stay with Instant-Dict next season,' said Kalkanov. 'Thank God I was fit for the whole season. I want to be strong next season and continue to play my best football. I'd like to thank my supporters for voting for me and I hope to repay them next season by playing good football to make them more happy. 'It makes me very proud to win this award. Instant-Dict won two trophies this season but winning this is something special. I will tell my family the good news,' said Kalkanov, who apart from his trophy, picked up a cheque for $20,000. The award, in its 21st year, was opened to overseas players for the first time last year. Instant-Dict team director Ken Ng said Kalkanov, or 'Kali' to his teammates, had one more year to fulfil with his club, thus ruling out the possibility of him moving on. 'Instant-Dict have got an option on him and we'll exercise that option. We'll be keeping him next season. I think he wants to play for us. Most probably, he will continue his contract on these terms or get an improved contract with us,' said Ng. Instant-Dict are not certain whether they will retain former Hong Kong Footballer of the Year Ricky Cheng Siu-chung, who had a disappointing season. Speculation is rife that Cheng will leave the Dickies to rejoin South China after serving out his one-year contract. Cheng was unavailable for comment but it is understood that he will follow convenor Martin Hong Po-kui, who is said to be parting ways with Instant to join the Caroliners. 'Ricky has finished his current contract with us and he is free to go. If he decides to leave us, we wish him well. But there's a possibility that he'll stay with us,' said Ng. It is also understood that Cheng is exploring the possibility of playing professionally in the Egyptian league, although he would be most likely to rejoin South China, the club he left to join Instant-Dict at the end of last season. Meanwhile, Rangers' midfielder Leung Chi-wing and Happy Valley midfielder Kwok Man-tik were jointly named Hong Kong's Youth Footballers of the Year.