Congratulations to Lachlan Tardrew who takes home his first Collingwood VFL best and fairest award.
Co-captain Tardrew had a break-out season in the VFL this year, owning his leadership responsibilities and showing off his talent on-field.
He averaged 20.4 disposals, 10.6 kicks, 4.3 marks and 2.8 tackles across nine matches. Impressively, he had 20 or more disposals for seven consecutive games to finish the season.
"It's a huge honour to receive this award. Obviously it's dedicated to the boys who supported Hust (co-captain Campbell Hustwaite) and myself during the year. Leading the group, it was an absolute honour to run around with you boys," Tardrew said.
The man from Sandhurst completes his sixth season at the club, playing an integral part of the VFL set up at Collingwood.
At 24 years old, Tardrew continues to impress at the level. He finished the season off with seven consecutive games of 20 disposals or more.
Playing a role across half-back and up the wing, Tardrew was instrumental in rebounding the Pies into attack. His run and carry with the ball is complimented beautifully by his damaging kick and great decision making.
In what was a difficult year for the VFL side with lockdowns significantly impacting the season, Tardrew demonstrated the highest levels of leadership and character.
"Obviously it was a tough year with COVID and weeks off, but everyone brought the great attitude to come in each week and we come to perform," Tardrew said.
Tom Wilson was also recognised for his work in the VFL this season with the Jack Hellier Award for VFL best clubman.
The athletic defender had an outstanding season in the VFL, rewarded for his form with multiple appearances in the AFL. This award recognises more than just Wilson's on-field success, a key figure around the club and a real leader amongst a particularly young VFL side.