The JJ Liston Trophy was awarded to forgotten Tigers midfielder Anthony Miles, and AFL hopeful Michael Gibbons on Monday night.
Awarded to the best players in the VFL, Miles’ win solidifies his case to make a return to senior football in 2019, either at the Tigers or elsewhere.
The Williamstown midfielder, Gibbons, claimed his second JJ Liston Trophy in three years, coming runner-up in 2017, as he continues his efforts to make an AFL roster.
Gibbons, 23, produced an impressive campaign, averaging 28.6 disposals, 12 contested possessions, and seven clearances in 18 matches, as Paul Roos stated he must be on an AFL roster in 2019.
Similarly, equal third-place getter Sam Collins has made his case for a return to the AFL following his success at Werribee, averaging ten marks a game in defence.
Collins, 24, failed to break into Fremantle’s lineup following being drafted with pick 55 in the 2015 national draft, and has apparently been courted by multiple AFL clubs.
Other players to be awarded on Monday night include North Melbourne forward Nick Larkey and Werribee forward Josh Corbett.