Northern Jets star Mitch Haddrill has reaffirmed his commitment to the club in the aftermath of his second Gerald Clear Medal victory.
Haddrill revealed moments after his win on Wednesday night that he could not play anywhere else but at the Jets.
The 25-year-old attracts strong interest from Riverina League clubs every year, as well as others, but vowed to stay loyal to the Jets next year and beyond.
"If the Jets are playing, I'll be playing there," Haddrill said.
"I definitely have been (tempted by opportunities in other leagues) but the position the club's in and all that sort of stuff, I wouldn't enjoy playing somewhere else knowing that the Jets are there struggling.
"I'd rather play there and help them out as much as I can."
Haddrill did reveal that he intends to stand aside as coach after one season.
He took the reins this year amid a player shortage and believes it is the best option for both he and the club that the Jets attract a new coach from the outside.
"The best way for the club to move forward is to get an outsider in that can bring half a dozen blokes," he said.
"It would be a mutual thing that myself and the club have decided on, it's just with where our numbers are at this year, it's probably the best way for us to move forward I think."
Haddrill explained that he found the balance between coaching and performing on field difficult to juggle.
"It was pretty tough," he said.
"One minute you're thinking about what everyone else is doing then you realise you're still playing footy so you've got to try and get a kick yourself. It's definitely challenging."
Haddrill backed up his 2017 Gerald Clear Medal win with a three-vote victory over North Wagga midfielder Cayden Winter at The Rules Club on Wednesday night.
Haddrill was honoured to win the award for a second time.
"It's great, I didn't expect it to be honest," he said.
"I thought I was coming here and making up the numbers in the (top) five. I didn't really expect it.
"I thought Curtis Steele was going to win it, to be honest. He turned it on against us over there and I thought if he played like that all year then I thought he'd win it."
Haddrill said he was happy enough with his season.
"I was pretty happy with it. Obviously there's always room for improvement," he said.
"I thought I could have played a lot better in a lot of games and probably stood taller in a few moments where I needed to as coach and leader of the team but obviously I'm happy with the outcome tonight.
"I would have loved to have played finals and I would have loved to win a flag, ideally. Coaching that would have been bloody nice."
Haddrill was not in attendance when he won the award back in 2017. Instead he was asleep in Canberra.
The Jets home-grown product did not miss his second win but was not convinced it was the best way to watch the count unfold.
"I reckon I'd rather be at home, it's less nerve-wracking," he said with a laugh.
"You wake up to the phone call at the end of the night, you're not sitting there counting votes all night.
"They didn't have the leaderboard going for the first grade so I was sitting there trying to work out what everyone else was on. It's nice to win anyway."