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Mitchell s stellar season complete
Mitchell's stellar season complete

Claremont wingman Kane Mitchell capped a fine season last night, winning his first E B Cook Medal as the club's best and fairest.

Mitchell claimed the Sandover Medal with a record-equalling 51 votes, represented WA for the second time and played a key role in the Tigers' premiership defence.

Mitchell, 22, had 24 possessions and kicked three important goals as Claremont withstood a strong East Fremantle challenge in the second half of the grand final.

He won the best and fairest award with 366 votes to edge out St Kilda draftee Tom Lee (314), who enjoyed a fantastic season up forward.

Lee led the club's goal kicking with 70 majors.

Luke Blackwell, winner of the previous three Cook medals, finished third with 309 votes and goal sneak Ian Richardson (303) was fourth.

Centre half-back Richard Cronin won the Dennis Marshall Trophy for the reserves best and fairest. Captain Ben Taylor won the Tom Richardson Trophy in the colts.

Meanwhile, prolific midfielder Ross Young is considering leaving Perth. The 2009 Sandover medallist is contemplating a move home to Victoria and has also spoken to several WAFL clubs.

Perth chief executive Marty Atkins said Young was a required player, but the 29-year-old star is out of contract and eligible to move to another club after giving five years of service to the Demons.

"We're not going to stand in his way if he's going home, but we'd definitely stand in his way if he thinks he can go to another club," Atkins said.

The West Australian

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