NUGGETY Holbrook midfielder Will Holmes attributes his superior fitness to his breakout season.
The 21-year-old recently won the Azzi medal and completed the double after winning the Brookers' best on fairest award on Saturday night.
He won by a big margin over key forward Luke Gestier and Corey McCarthy.
Holmes revealed he used to jog to training and back most nights from the family farm on the outskirts of town.
"I used to jog to training and home again which is 2km out of town," Holmes said.
"I really focussed on my fitness and tried to take it to another level.
"Our coach, Matt Sharp, showed a lot of faith in me and gave me a lot of freedom on match-day to win as many contests as possible.
"Sharpie was able to fast track the development of a lot of the younger players which had a lot to do with the side's improvement this season."
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Holmes was thrilled to win his home club's best and fairest.
"I was over the moon to win the award, especially being my first in senior football," he said.
"A lot of the older players who I looked up to as a kid were at the presentation night and were among the first to congratulate me.
"It was also special because my family and friends were also there.
"Winning the Azzi medal was a bit of a hollow feeling because I just found out I had won over the phone and there wasn't a presentation night because of COVID.
"But I really enjoyed Saturday night."
Holmes also revealed he was planning of having a crack at the higher standard of Ovens and Murray in the not too distant future.
"Playing O&M interests me for sure," he said.
"I will stay at Holbrook next year but I'm thinking between the ages of 22-25 giving the O&M a red-hot crack."
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