Narrandera coach Jarred Lane said he was humbled yet surprised to take out the Jim Quinn Medal on Tuesday night.
Lane was crowned Riverina League’s best and fairest player on Tuesday night, beating Leeton-Whitton midfielder Matt Rainbird by one vote.
It was a spectacular performance from Lane to win the award, given the Eagles went through the season without winning a game.
Lane said he did not give himself any chance.
“Nah not really. Obviously you play in the rep game, you know all the guys, you know you’ve played some OK footy throughout the year but I certainly didn’t give me a chance at this,” Lane said.
“It’s very surprising, I guess, but humbling as well. It’s a bit surreal at the moment but it’s a nice feeling.”
Lane just finished his third season at Narrandera after arriving from Ovens and Murray League club Corowa-Rutherglen.
He has coached them for the past two seasons, without a win, and is yet to commit for a third year in charge as the club explores new options.
“We’re going to have a look at our coaching structure here at Narrandera,” he said.
“We obviously need to try and bring in a little bit more leadership.
“We’ve got some really good kids coming through so we’re going to try and get after a couple of leaders and if that means a coaching role and I take a backward step then that’s fine by me. I’m just happy to play my role .
“Obviously the leadership sits well with me but we just need to get a few more older heads in the side and around the club.”
Lane was unsure if his 2018 season was any more special than previous years.
“It’s hard for me to reflect on that I guess, obviously when you’re coaching and all that sort of thing you tend to think about other things when you’re playing your footy,” he said.
“It’s hard to say, I guess it’s the same thing week in, week out for me, go about your business and the rest takes care of itself.”