A player still in the midst of a 2016 AFL premiership run from the Sydney Swans, Isaac Heeney, has won the AFLCA Young Player of the Year Award.
The announcement came hot on the heels of one of his best showings of the year in the young Heeney helped his side secure a spot in the preliminary final and stave off elimination after a discouraging loss to the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the first round with a convincing victory over the Adelaide Crows in the semifinals.
Heeney basically stole the show against the Crows, with the second year player seemingly everywhere at once in the course of tallying 32 disposals and nine marks.
The award is significant in that it comes from the coaches, who award votes on a countdown basis. Heeney accumulated 569 votes, more than 200 better than Melbourne Demons forward Jesse Hogan, Adelaide’s Jake Lever and others.
Former winners on the AFLCA award include Chris Judd, Scott Pendlebury, Nat Fyfe and last year’s winner Marcus Bontempelli.
Heeney won despite needing to call time on his campaign due to exhaustion, although he has played in 22 games this season to this point. His 32 disposals against the Crows was his high water mark for the 2016 season.