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Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 4:05 PM

Bailey Rogers capped off a career-best season by winning the prestigious Sandover Medal at Optus Stadium on Tuesday night, with the powerful and versatile Tiger becoming the 13th Claremont player to take home the WAFL’s highest individual award.

Rogers, 24, took his game to a new level in season 2021 after shedding weight and improving his fitness as he starred in both the midfield and forward line to become the most dominant player in the competition.

Rogers was best afield in three of Claremont’s final four home-and-away games and polled 30 votes to finish five ahead of runner-up and teammate Jye Bolton (25 votes).

“I can’t believe it’s around my neck, I don’t think it will sink in for a while,” Rogers said.

“I’m still in shock but it’s an absolute honour. I can’t thank my family, my girlfriend, my teammates and my coaches enough.”

Meanwhile, brilliant midfielder Rylie Morgan won the Prendergast Medal for the Reserves fairest-and-best player, while the Claremont Football Club retained the Rodriguez Shield.