Story by Daniel Fraser
HE MAY have placed second in this year’s AFL Players Association MVP Award but according to 2014 winner Nat Fyfe, Gold Coast Suns star Gary Ablett is still the best player in the game.
Speak to any league footballer about what matters most and they will tell you that short of a premiership medal, being acknowledged by your peers as the most valuable player of the year is the greatest honour there is.
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So it came as some surprise that Fyfe (who finished on 945 votes) bent the proverbial knee to Lord Gary (787 votes) during his live acceptance speech on Fox Footy last night.
“It’s extremely humbling (to win) and a little bit embarrassing to be honest, when I look at some of the other names up there,’’ Fyfe said.
“I saw first hand on the weekend how good Josh Kennedy and Lance Franklin are, and obviously Gary Ablett I think everyone still acknowledges is the best player in the game.’’
With five MVP’s to his name already, Ablett was poised to complete an amazing three-peat last night, having won the award in 2013 and 2012.
But a stellar season from the Fremantle midfielder combined with Ablett’s season-ending shoulder injury in Round 16 conspired to deny Ablett an historical hatrick.