Dustin Martin caps off huge year with second Tigers B&F award

Dustin Martin's romp to a second successive Jack Dyer Medal was a fitting finale to a stunning AFL season for him and Richmond, but he and the newly crowned premiers both are hungry for more success.

Martin added the Tigers' best-and-fairest award to his historic Brownlow Medal, premiership medallion and Norm Smith Medal treble at a ceremony at Crown Palladium on Monday night.

The 26-year-old has taken all before him this season, also winning major media awards and AFL Players' Association and Coaches' Association awards, as well as earning his second All-Australian nod as he spearheaded Richmond's amazing resurgence from 13th last year to a 48-point grand final thumping of Adelaide Crows to claim the club's 11th flag.

"I'm just super proud," Martin told the packed room.

"It's been an amazing journey and this is just the beginning - we've got plenty of good times ahead.

"It's been a massive year, one of the best years of my life. It's just awesome.

"We're still pinching ourselves that we won the premiership this year. But it's been awesome and we all deserve it.

"I just loved getting out there with the boys and playing footy. You don't have to think about all the other ---- in your life for two hours ... I just get out there and do what I've loved doing since I was five or six."

Martin claimed the award ahead of Alex Rance and Kane Lambert. Skipper Trent Cotchin, who had earlier revealed he had planned to give up the captaincy if the Tigers didn't make the finals this year, finished fourth.

Cotchin led the toast for Martin after he was presented with his latest award.

"I think the greatest thing about Dusty is the fact that he was quick to shy away from the Brownlow hype, he was quick to put away his Norm Smith Medal and just bask in the glory of the premiership medal," Cotchin said.

"It's all that he's about, he's all about the team and that's why we love him so much."

Cotchin shares Martin's belief that more success is to come for this Tigers group, while premiership coach Damien Hardwick's voice shook with emotion when he reflected on what they had been able to achieve in his address to the crowd.

"I'm just so bloody proud of this football club and this playing group," Hardwick said.

"This club did something absolutely remarkable. It achieved something built on care and unity unlike anything I've ever seen before in my time in football. That bond was simply unbreakable and their belief unshakable."

Jack Riewoldt, ever the showman, joined the band to close the evening with a rendition of The Killers' Mr Brightside, which he ended with an emphatic mic drop.

The Winners

Jack Dyer Medal: Dustin Martin 89 votes, Alex Rance 80, Kane Lambert 76, Trent Cotchin 73, Dylan Grimes 69

Michael Roach Medal (leading goalkicker award): Jack Riewoldt

Francis Bourke Award: Dylan Grimes

Bill Cosgrove-Harry Jenkins Best First Year Player Award: Dan Butler

David Mandie Community Award: Shane Edwards

Guinane Medal (VFL best-and-fairest award): Anthony Miles