English les­son in colts

DE­MON’S ELITE LEVEL EN­DURANCE PROVEN

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT -

PERTH Demons colts player Luke English has been named the 2017 win­ner of the Jack Clarke Medal with 53 votes at the medal count din­ner held at Su­bi­aco Oval.

English fin­ished 22 votes ahead of Clare­mont’s Jack Lewsey on 31, while Peel Thun­der’s Kyle Havel­berg came third with 30 at the vote count on Wednesday.

WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Tay­lor con­grat­u­lated English on win­ning the pres­ti­gious award among such a high-qual­ity group of WAFL colts play­ers.

“The WAFL colts con­tin­ues to be a fan­tas­tic com­pe­ti­tion that show­cases WA’s best un­der­age tal­ent,” he said.

“To win the Jack Clarke Medal demon­strates what a tal­ented and ded­i­cated player Luke is.

“We look for­ward to see­ing more play­ers of this cal­i­bre emerge from the WA tal­ent path­way as we fo­cus on launch­ing our re­vi­talised tal­ent pro­gram next sea­son.”

WAFC state tal­ent man­ager Adam Jones said English was truly de­serv­ing of the hon­our.

“As a 17-year-old, Luke has had an ex­tremely con­sis­tent year as an in­side mid­fielder for Perth colts,” he said.

“Luke’s game is built on his elite-level en­durance.

“His abil­ity to run, com­bined with his in­sa­tiable ap­petite to work hard, has meant his per­for­mance this year has been greater and more con­sis­tent than any other player in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“With an ex­cel­lent all-round game, Luke has a bright fu­ture ahead of him.”

English polled votes in 15 of his 19 games, in­clud­ing six best-on-ground per­for­mances.

He av­er­aged 25 dis­pos­als and six tack­les and kicked 13 goals.

Luke English with the Jack Clarke Medal.

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