Fyfe gets the nod from the AFL’s coaches
Nathan Fyfe has capped off a brilliant season by being named the AFL Coaching Association’s (AFLCA) Best Young Player of 2011.
The award, as voted by the AFL’s coaches, is given to a player in his first two years of AFL football.
The coaches’ nominations saw Fyfe win from West Coast’s Luke Shuey and Richmond’s Dustin Martin.
Fyfe said it was an honour to be recognised by the coaches for an award that has been won in the past by Brownlow Medallists Chris Judd and Adam Cooney, star players Scott Pendlebury, Joel Selwood and Cyril Rioli, and Fyfe’s teammate Stephen Hill in 2010.
“I’ve had a quick look through the previous winners and it’s quite an impressive list,” he said.
“It’s very humbling to have been chosen by the coaches, who are in a good position to see your value,” he said.
With Hill winning the award last year, Fyfe said it augured well for Freo’s future that the club possessed such an array of young talent.
“To have two Freo players win the award in succession hopefully points towards a few headaches being created for opposition coaches in the years to come,” he said.
Fremantle development coach Jason McCartney said it spoke volumes about Fyfe’s abilities that the coaches themselves have acknowledged his outstanding season.
“Coaches notice him because he takes contested marks and wins contested footy,” he said.
“He also drew a lot more attention from opposition coaches in regards to run-with players playing on him in the second half of the season.”
Congratulations on a fine season Fyfey.