NIC Watson couldn't have dreamed of a better season in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.
The Strathdale skipper capped an outstanding year by winning the league's best and fairest award.
Watson won a thrilling James Anderson Medal count after polling 18 votes, one more than Eaglehawk's Keegan Smyth.
The 22-year-old was shocked to claim the division one medal in a season when Strathdale also lifted the league and Knockout Cup trophies.
"I thought I would have a lot of votes taken off me by my team-mates because we had a pretty good team this year," he said.
"It felt really good, it's obviously something that all the players want.
"To get it in the season that we've had is probably the best thing."
Watson wasn't surprised the Blues were the league's outstanding team this season.
"In pre-season we played a lot of out of town teams from better leagues and seemed to be holding our own," he said.
"We really looked forward to seeing what we could do in Bendigo.
"To get a premiership as captain looks good on the resume, I guess."
It's been a fruitful move from Golden City eight years ago for Watson and he's confident Strathdale will be back in the title hunt next season.
"We've got a couple of players leaving next year but we've got a couple coming back as well. Hopefully we can keep it rolling," he said.
As for his soccer plans?
"At the moment I'm happy just staying in Bendigo, but if the opportunity ever came to play at a higher level I'd probably look at it," he said.
"I love Strathdale, that's a reason I want to stay in Bendigo."
Strathdale won seven trophies in 2013, including the men's division one, women's and youth league titles.
Strathdale players Mitchell Anderson and Sean Boxshall shared the division one Golden Boot, while Jacinta Dikkenberg and Tayla Vlaeminck made it a Blues quinella for the women's leading goalscorer.