South Augusta Football Club hero Kriston Thompson added another accolade to his career after being named the best Port Augusta player in the Spencer Gulf Football League.
The 2019 ANZAC Day medallist and former North Adelaide gun has had an outstanding season for the Bulldogs and was tipped as an early favourite for the Madigan Medal.
"It's a good feeling I suppose," a humble Thompson said.
"I'm fortunate to play in a strong team and to play my part each week."
In a strange COVID-19 restricted season, it was anyone's guess who would finish on top of the medal count.
With one round to go, Thompson was just two points shy of Port's Adam Coe and PropRisdon's Luke Edwards.
Thompson picked up two more points in the final round of the season where he polled best on ground and snagged a goal.
But it wasn't enough to top Edwards, who took home the 2020 honours.
Thompson finished equal runner-up, trailed by West Augusta's Nick Collins and teammate Lawrence Bradley-Brown.
"I knew Adam Coe would poll well. There's a player or two from the Lions who I thought might have got more votes," Thompson said.
"I was surprised Billy-Joe Russell from Souths didn't poll in more than one or two games. I pictured him being in the top three, so he was a bit stiff to not get any more than he did."
Thompson, 29, played all his football from junior grades upwards with Willsden-Quorn before the club folded in the mid-2000s.
The seasoned SANFL footballer returned home to Port Augusta in 2016, with all three clubs desperate for his services. Coming off a serious knee injury, Thompson only managed four matches for West Augusta in his first season back.
Sitting out with injury again in 2017, he returned to the footy field for the following year in red and white.
He lined up for 16 games with the Bulldogs and played an integral role in their premiership wins in both 2018 and 2019.
Thompson was also selected in the Country SA team last year, but was unfortunately ruled out with a sprained hand.
South Augusta finish 2020 as minor premiers, hunting a fifth straight premiership.
They play rivals PropRisdon in the semi finals on Saturday.
"We know things are going to be pretty full on this week. Lions will rock up and be a hard team to beat, so we have got to bring our best," Thompson said.
"We always finish strong. We haven't lost any fourth quarters since I've been at Souths.
"We are fortune to have the calibre in the team we've got. It's just a matter of everyone rocking up switched on and ready to put in a four-quarter effort."