The Courier-Mail

PAYNE TRUTH MEANS YOUNG MVP

- AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

AS­P­LEY’S Matt Payne came close to se­cur­ing back-to-back NEAFL MVP awards be­fore fin­ish­ing third to for­mer AFL play­ers Tom Young and Richard Tam­bling.

Young, the Syd­ney Univer­sity midfielder who played for Colling­wood and the Bull­dogs, capped off a great re­turn to his for­mer club by tak­ing out the MVP Award by a sin­gle vote over for­mer Tiger and Crow Tam­bling at Bris­bane’s Sof­i­tel Ho­tel last night.

Young re­turned to Univer­sity this sea­son af­ter five years at AFL level.

The club’s first AFL draftee has been cru­cial to their rise up the lad­der, av­er­ag­ing 26 dis­pos­als and six clear­ances per game.

The NEAFL MVP Award is pre­sented to the player judged the best in the com­pe­ti­tion by a com­bi­na­tion of um­pire and coaches votes.

Payne fin­ished third, with NT Thun­der midfielder Cameron Ilett (65) and Bris­bane’s Zac O’Brien (55) round­ing out the top five.

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