Corowa-Rutherglen coach Georgie Bruce has praised Sophie Hanrahan after the Roos' captain became the second back-to-back Toni Wilson Medallist on Monday night.
Bruce, who has coached Hanrahan for the last four years at Corowa-Rutherglen, said she always knew the 21-year-old had something special after seeing her play as a youngster in the Coreen and Hume leagues.
"I remember seeing her as a defender at Coreen, she was always talented and definitely stood out," Bruce said.
"She's just got that x-factor.
"I had a feeling that she might be able to go back-to-back, so we're wrapped for her.
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"It's good for her, it's good for netball and it's certainly good for our club."
Bruce added the tall defender has not only worked on her own development in her time with the Roos, but has also played a part in shaping the club's next generation coming through the ranks.
"When she starts talking about netball people are drawn to her and want to listen," Bruce said.
"It's phenomenal in itself when you think she's 21-years of age and has been playing in the Ovens and Murray for years.
"She's just taken it all in her stride and is a born leader.
"Being one of the original players who has been here since I came along, we've been working towards the same goal, and she took on a leadership role even before she became captain."
The Roos are now preparing for their first grand final.