Jake Spackman isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon after claiming his second consecutive Frogmore Cup on Saturday.
In his second year with the Gunnedah Bulldogs, Spackman was again named the club’s best and fairest player.
The accolade came after a long pre-season for the midfielder, a tactic he was looking to employ again.
“I started running early last year and I’ll start running [again] in a week,” Spackman said.
While Spackman said it was “great” to win the personal accolade, he would have much preferred another premiership. “It’s nice to be acknowledged for what I do on the field but at the end of the day, it’s more about the result at the end of the year, which unfortunately didn’t go the way we wanted to, but it was still a successful year,” he said.
The 2018 version of Spackman kicked 72 goals for the season – which also saw him named the club’s leading goalkicker – after being given a “licence to push forward” by coach Andrew George.
The support from his family – partner Taylor and daughter Briley – also provided extra motivation this season. “It’s more about playing for her [Taylor] and for my daughter [Briley] as well. I wanted to do her proud,” Spackman said.
Best and Fairest, Leading Goalkicker: Jake Spackman. Best Team Man: Sam Proudfoot. Best Clubman: Hamish Russell. Rising Star: Jasper Thomas. Most Improved: Tom Maher. Rookie of the Year: Hayden Baker. Players Player: Mark Barrow. Best Backman, Social Performer of the Year: Andy Mack