Michael Barlow says years of being rejected by AFL clubs drove him to become the overnight sensation that has taken the competition by storm.

The 22-year-old Fremantle midfielder, who was upgraded from the rookie list in round one, yesterday added the Ross Glendinning Medal to his growing trophy cabinet.

A dual club best and fairest and winner of the VFL’s young player of the year, Barlow had 25 disposals, won five clearances, laid seven tackles and kicked a goal in just his sixth AFL game.

St Kilda considered rookie listing Barlow in 2007, but looked else-where, forcing the on-baller to ply his trade in the VFL.

A ball magnet who averages 28 possessions a game, Barlow said he was now a much better player than when clubs first looked at him.

“I did a pre-season at St Kilda after playing local footy,” he said. “I thought I was ready to go and was disappointed when I didn’t get rookied.

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