After 10 years of playing in the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership, Fremantle Roosters captain/coach Delane Edwards had all but given up hopes of one day winning the prestigious Ken Allen Medal – an annual award presented to the league’s best player.
But after a stellar 2018 where he led the Roosters to a second successive premiership, Edwards was rewarded for his efforts with his first career Ken Allen Medal.
“I had given up on winning the Ken Allen Award a few years back, so it certainly comes as a surprise – but one I’m grateful for,” Edwards said.
“To also win it on the back of a premiership double as a player and coach makes it sweeter.”
The fullback finished 17 points clear of runner-up Craig Richardson, as he dominated the votes tally with an impressive 31 votes.
The fullback says he can’t take all the credit for the Rooster’s strong season, however.
“After 10 years in the league, I also understand that the credit I sponge for this award is off the labour of our staff and my teammates.”
Now 33-years-old, Edwards constantly faces questions about his future but says he is still undecided about whether he will play on in 2019.
“A lot of people have asked me about next year’s plans,” he said.
“I feel if I can’t make a difference anymore at state level then my body is saying slow down. As every year I’ll see how I feel January.”
Until then, Edwards will turn his focus towards the Harmony 9’s Cup where he will be involved with the Maori Senior Men’s side.
The 2018 Harmony 9’s Cup will run from November 30 – December 2 at Larkhill Sportsplex in Rockingham.