HE WAS one of the first senior players signed by the AFL's newest franchise and was installed as one of its co-captains. Last night Callan Ward showed that faith had not been misplaced when he became the inaugural winner of the Kevin Sheedy Medal as Greater Western Sydney's best and fairest player of this season.
Ward, who already had a place in the club's history having booted their first goal in the AFL against the Swans in round one, averaged 24 possessions during his 20-game season and was regularly one of the club's best in those matches.
''Callan has consistently been one of our best players all year,'' said coach Kevin Sheedy.
''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.''
Runner-up to Ward was 18-year-old midfielder Toby Greene, who had a remarkable debut season, while 19-year-old rookie forward Jeremy Cameron came third.
''For two first-year players to finish in the top three of the club's best fairest is an incredible effort,'' Sheedy said.
''Toby's ability to find the ball and take on the contest has been a real highlight, while Jeremy has had one of the best debut seasons of any young forward I've seen in more than 40 years in the game.''
Rounding out the top five were midfielder Tom Scully and ruckman Jonathan Giles.