THERE was no surprise at the Bendigo Gold’s presentation night on Saturday when star midfielder Alik Magin was crowned the Nick Carter medallist as the club’s champion player for 2013 at the Capital Theatre.
Magin was the biggest name on the Gold’s list this year, having previously played eight AFL games with the Gold Coast Suns.
The 22-year-old was delisted by the Suns last year and joined the Gold with the belief that playing in a stand-alone VFL team was his best pathway back to the AFL.
Magin has given himself every opportunity to get a second chance on an AFL list after a superb season for the Gold in which he not only won the Nick Carter Medal, but also the club's goalkicking with 17.
“He’s too good for VFL footy... simple as that,” Gold coach Aussie Jones said.
“Once you get him back into a full-time footy environment and in a club that’s going to win as much footy as the opposition, he’s a serious AFL player in my opinion.
“He came to us as a permanent forward pocket and flanker, but turned himself into a genuine tough, inside midfielder.
“That’s why I reckon he’s got to be on an AFL list.
“He was good enough to be on one as a forward, but he’s now added that midfield element to his game.
“He’s a super player and had an outstanding season for us.”
Magin – who was named in the Gold’s best players in 13 of their 18 games – polled 185 votes to win the Nick Carter Medal.
Captain Steven Stroobants finished second with 147 votes, while Daniel Toman (145 votes) was third.
● Bendigo Gold 2013 award winners:
Nick Carter Medal: Alik Magin – 185 votes.
Most consistent player: Tom Hams.
Graham Warfe Memorial best first year player: Jake Aarts.
Most courageous player: Nathan Beck.
Best team player: Troy Kelm.
Most professional player: Daniel Toman.
Leading goalkicker: Alik Magin (17).
Best clubman: Sean Rashleigh.
Ken Lynch outstanding service award: John Stewart.