ALBURY Thunder star Mitch Davis said an improved fitness base was the key to his best and fairest win.
Davis won the Thunder’s top award on Saturday night, adding the club champion award to his John Hill and premiership medals.
The powerhouse forward took his game to another level in his second year at Greenfield Park after joining the Thunder to play with his Red Bend teammates.
Davis, 22, said he felt his fitness had gone up a notch this season.
And that, in turn, had undoubtedly played a major part in his weekend success.
“I think so. When you’re fitter it’s obviously easier to play for longer,” he said.
“I got more quality minutes out of myself this year.
“I did a bit more work in the off-season — a bit of my own training with running and hitting the gym and that.
“I was a bit fitter this year.”
But the former Toyota Cup player said the award could have easily gone to several other players who had been just as deserving.
“It was good to win it but, as I said on the night, you could have given it to anybody, really,” he said.
“I thought everyone had a good year.”
Thunder coach Josh Cale said Davis had been rewarded for hard work.
“He had a big year for us up front,” Cale said.
“He did a lot of hard work training and this is a just reward for that.
“Players in his position don’t normally play 80 minutes week in, week out, but he turned up in better nick and got off on the right foot.”
Willie Heta and two-time winner, Lou Goodwin, tied for second place.
“We had a few guys right up there,” Cale said.
“It’s great for Mitch to win it, especially in a premiership year.”
Davis was also voted the “players” player.
Rex Sargeant took out the reserve-grade award, ahead of Josh Remington and Daniel Jacobs.
Louise Purss-Semple, Jarrod Clay and Callum George also had wins.