Echuca superstar Simon Buckley is this year’s News Award winner.
The reigning Morrison medallist took the lead in the award, which is voted on by News sports journalists, early in the season and never looked back.
Buckley polled 19 votes in another outstanding Goulburn Valley League season for the Murray Bombers, finishing four votes ahead of Rochester ace Nathan Marrone and Kyabram talent Lachie Smith on 15 each.
Kyabram livewire Billy Burstin and Shepparton midfield gun Ben Davies were a further two votes back on 13 each.
Benalla’s Sam Martyn won the award last year, but battled injury during this season.
Seymour star Jason Cole was in contention early and was giving Buckley a run for his money, but suffered a serious hamstring injury and missed 10 games.
The award will be presented to Buckley at the league’s Morrison Medal and Wellman Family Medal presentation night on September 18 at the Shepparton RSL.