Bolton’s name now on medal walk

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Workplace - Kristie Lim

CLARE­MONT Tigers mid­fielder Jye Bolton placed his name along­side some of his idols on the historic San­dover Medal walk in Su­bi­aco last week.

Bolton (24) won the 2016 San­dover Medal re­cently with a tally of 49 votes. The for­mer Colling­wood rookie said it was an hon­our to join the group of names who have won the medal in the past.

“Amaz­ing play­ers that I look up to have won in the past and to be in the same cat­e­gory as them now is over­whelm­ing,” he said. “I just can­not be­lieve that I have my name on that path. It is a great feel­ing.”

Bolton said he never ex­pected to win but it was a re­lief in the end.

“When I was like four or five (years old) I think ev­ery kid thinks he is go­ing to win the Brown­low but since I ac­tu­ally started play­ing in teams, I do not re­ally look for that,” he said.

“It is good recog­ni­tion but I al­ways play to try and win pre­mier­ships.”

He said he was open to re­ju­ve­nat­ing his AFL ca­reer if he got the op­por­tu­nity. “I have signed at Clare­mont for next year as well,” he said.

“If noth­ing came about, then I will def­i­nitely be stay­ing at Clare­mont. I ab­so­lutely love the club and love all my team­mates as well; they are just such a good bunch of blokes.”

His word of ad­vice for AFL hope­fuls was to stick with the sport.

“You see a lot of peo­ple who come through state league ranks and if it is not work­ing out for them they start to drop their head quick or go back to ama­teur and lo­cal leagues,” But if they stick with it, they end up see­ing bet­ter re­sults from them­selves.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d459783

2016 San­dover Medal­list Jye Bolton.

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