Collingwood Steele Sidebottom has been rewarded for his brilliant start to the season, with the AFL Players’ MVP of the Month Award for March/April.
Sidebottom received a whopping 35% of the votes, with Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell (16%) and teammate Brodie Grundy (14%) rounding out the top three.
The Pies’ midfielder is averaging 30.3 disposals, 4.3 marks, 5.3 clearances and 11.8 contested possessions per game to start the season, as has been one of the players of the year so far.
Two-time winner Chris Judd is on the panel who select the monthly nominees, and Judd told aflplayers.com.au Sidebottom’s form has been a huge part of Collingwood’s positive start to the season.
“Sidebottom’s consistency across the first six rounds has stood out, and makes him a deserving winner,” Judd said.
“He has impacted games with his ball use in the middle of the ground, and has shown great versatility when moving forward at times.”