Tumut front rower Zac Masters was surprised by his Weissel Medal success.
Masters took a comfortable win in the Weissel Medal count, finishing five votes clear of Junee’s Hayden Diggins on Friday night.
Despite going in as favourite, the 21-year-old wasn’t expected to come away with the nod as Group Nine’s best player.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Masters said.
“I thought one of the other boys would win it, but it is an honour.
“It’s a very prestigious award and a lot of great players have won this in the past.”
Masters is yet to lock in where he will be playing next season, but has loved travelling back from Canberra to play with his hometown team.
He paid credit to his teammates.
“I’ve had a great time,” he said.
“They are a great bunch of boys, all Tumut boys, and I got to play with some of my best mates I haven’t played with before.”
The medal makes up a little for the Blues missing out on making the top four this season.
“I still would have liked to have made the finals as team success is the best success,” he said.
“It is where you have the most fun so it was very disappointing that we missed the finals.”