The Gold Coast Titans have awarded their best and fairest, with Brian Kelly crowned the 2020 Paul Broughton medallist.
Kelly narrowly beat out last year’s winner Moeaki Fotuaika by just one vote in the final round, with the pair equal on points before the Newcastle game.
He says it’s a huge privilege.
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“I didn’t think I would get there, especially being out for the last couple of weeks, but I’m just honoured and super happy,” Kelly said.
“I had no idea (it was so close) and it came down to the last round so I’m lucky my ankle came good for that last round.
“Full credit to Moe as well, he has had an awesome year,” he said.
The 24-year-old polled very well in five consecutive games between round 10 and 14, which helped him up to the top of the leaderboard.
The Ballina junior says it was a slow start to the season, but otherwise 2020 has been his best year of footy since his debut.
“I think this year is my best year I’ve ever had.
“The whole pre-season I came back a lot fitter than I have usually been and the coaching staff have really worked with me on my defence which I wanted to pick up this year.
“This is just the platform that I’ll build on and I’ve just got to keep on improving.”
Coach Justin Holbrook says Kelly deserves the award.
“Early in the year, he had a bit of a slow start, but credit to him how he committed to the team.
“Every week he couldn’t wait to play and I think that rubbed off on the team,” Holbrook said.
The other Titans award winners, including Members MVP, Coach’s Award, Rookie of the Year and Try of the Year will be revealed throughout the week.