It may have been a tough first year on the field for the Greater Western Sydney Giants but one man who stood out from the rest was co-captain Callan Ward.
Last week at GWS’ end of year function, Ward was honoured for his on-field efforts by winning the inaugural Kevin Sheedy Medal for the club’s best and fairest player.
The 22-year-old midfielder played 20 games for the Giants this year and averaged 24 disposals a game.
In a nice bit of trivia Ward also kicked the Giants first ever goal in round one against the Sydney Swans and helped lead the club to its historic first ever win against the Gold Coast Suns in May.
Giants coach, Kevin Sheedy, said the young captain had set a high standard in his short time with the club and was a wonderful role model for the rest of the young playing group.
“Callan has consistently been one of our best players all year,” he said.
“He is a tough, hard midfielder who has shown strong leadership on and off the field to this young team. He plays with tremendous spirit and has a very big future ahead of him.”
Ward joined the Giants in September last year after playing 60 games with the Western Bulldogs and has quickly established himself as a leader at the club.