MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies celebrates a goal past Andrew MGrath of the Bombers during the round five AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombvers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 25, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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 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.”