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Club Champion: Marcus Ashcroft Most Professional Player Award

2018 Most Professional Player Harris Andrews has been awarded our 2018 Most Professional Player.

Courageous key defender Harris Andrews has been awarded the Marcus Ashcroft Most Professional Player Award at the Brisbane Lions' 2018 Club Champion. 

It's the second year straight Andrews has claimed this award. 

At just 21 years of age, Andrews showed significant improvement in 2018 and developed into one of the competition's best key defenders.  

A highlight of his season was when he broke the AFL's spoils record in Round 10 against Sydney, tallying 23.

In 18 matches this season, Andrews averaged 9.3 kicks, 6.6 marks and 6.3 handballs a game and set a new Club record of 205 one percenters in a season. 

He successfully took on, and shut down, premier opposition forwards every week. 

Most importantly, his leadership at such a young age has impressed all around the Club, earning him the nickname 'Dad'. 

He was elevated to the vice-captain role when Dayne Beams stood down from the captaincy midway through the season. 

The one lowlight of his season was a severe concussion suffered in Round 14 against the GWS Giants. Andrews missed four matches as a result of the injury, but he finished the season strongly when he returned in Round 19. 

Despite missing the four matches, Andrews was named in the All Australian squad earlier this week for the first time in his career. 

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