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Ryan wins Doig Medal

Fremantle Dockers defender Luke Ryan has capped off a stellar season, winning the club's best and fairest on Thursday night.

The 24 year old, who also won his maiden All-Australian jumper in 2020 claimed the Doig Medal by 40 votes from Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe, who finished in second place.

Ryan, who was recruited from VFL side Coburg in the 2016 draft as a 20 year old stood tall all season long, playing as a key defender due to season ending injuries sustained by Joel Hamling, Alex Pearce and later Griffin Logue.

Ryan ranked 11th in the AFL for metres gained (408.8m) and averaged18 disposals and 5 marks as he played every game in purple under first year coach Justin Longmuir.

Young midfielders Adam Cerra and Andrew Brayshaw finished in the top four along with veteran David Mundy, all polling 150 votes with Cerra deemed to have finished third on countback.

Key forward Matt Taberner, who was named in the 40-man All-Australian squad after a career-best year, finished sixth, ahead of defender Ethan Hughes, who won the Players' Trademark Award. 

Five-time leading goalkicker Michael Walters, first-year star Caleb Serong, and recruit James Aish rounded out the top 10. 

Life membership was awarded to former defenders Dale Kickett and Roger Hayden, who played 135 and 128 games for the club respectively.  

IMAGE: The West Australian.

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