SANDHURST ruckman Tim Martin has joined many of the Bendigo Football League's finest by winning the Michelsen Medal for the 2013 season.
Martin polled 23 votes in Sunday's count at the All Seasons to cap an incredible return to the Dragons.
A memorable day included Gisborne centre Tiana Newman being presented with a second Betty Thompson Medal for A-grade netball best and fairest.
After a four-year stint with Port Melbourne in the VFL and last season at East Perth, Martin rejoined Sandhurst.
"I was always keen on returning to where I played my junior footy," he said.
The 24-year-old played a pivotal role in Sandhurst's fightback from a 0-4 start to reach the finals.
"This is a huge award.... a fantastic honour," Martin said.
He won the VFL reserves champion player award at Port in 2010.
Martin's grandfather, Alan Martin played off a half-back flank in Footscray's premiership team in 1954 and later coached Golden Square and South Bendigo.
A gun basketballer at junior level, Martin first played footy with Kennington-Sandhurst's under-16s before joining Sandhurst's under-18s and playing TAC Cup level with the Bendigo Pioneers.
Martin said the Dragons would work harder to climb the ladder next year.