Veteran Les McIntyre Medalist Josh Ayers has declared he'll play against next season, after jointly winning this year's Canberra Raiders Cup top gong as a 35-year-old.
Ayers starred in his first season for West Belconnen, after a short stint in Group 9 for the Young Cherrypickers in 2020 when he had committed to the Warriors, only for the club to pull out of the COVID-affected season.
The West Belconnen hard man was crowned the competition's best alongside Gungahlin Bulls half Tre Holten-Williams in an online ceremony on Tuesday night.
Both players finished the abandoned season with 14 votes in a tight medal race where only two votes separated the top six.
And while Ayers believed he was getting a bit "long in the tooth", the popular forward said he still had plenty of miles in his legs.
"I've got a house to build which might take up some time but I should be good to go again," he said.
The barnstorming backrower watched on from the comfort of the couch during the medal ceremony with no suit or speech required.
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"I was bit shocked sitting on the couch watching it and wasn't expecting it at all," he said.
"Personally it's a great achievement and something I really appreciate. It was pretty cool looking at the list of past winners."
It's a list that includes ex-Raider turned West Belconnen coach Matt Gafa, who helped steer the club to fourth spot in the Canberra Raiders Cup this season before Canberra's extended lockdown forced the season to be abandoned.
"We're a club on the way up with a lot of young blokes coming through," Ayers said.
"I think we could've given it a real crack if we had the chance."
Ayers scored eight tries for the season, striking up a great combination with West Belconnen halfback Bayley Graham.
"It's pretty easy when you've got a good half inside you," he said.
Holten-Williams and Gungahlin would have been equally disappointed in 2021, having spent most of the season on top of the ladder before being awarded the minor premiership.