Tallangatta's Joel O'Connell has enhanced his reputation after claiming back-to-back best and fairest awards.
The Hoppers midfielder previously won the award in 2019 before last year was wiped out due to COVID.
O'Connell joined Tallangatta from Albury in 2017.
He played in four flags with the Ovens and Murray powerhouse.
The super fit onballer has been instrumental in the Hoppers remaining a finals force since his arrival.
Coach Tyson Smith who recently stepped down as coach said O'Connell led by example after being appointed co-captain.
"Joel had an outstanding year which coincided with his first as co-captain," Smith said.
"He leads from the front with his actions.
"Joel is one of the hardest workers on the track and on game day and sets a great example for our younger players.
"Going back-to-back is a great effort considering the quality of our list."
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Smith recently stepped down as coach and has been replaced by Tim Kennedy.
Kennedy will be a non-playing coach with Smith set to remain as a player.
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