Jacob Townsend wins the J.J. Liston Trophy as Richmond's best
and fairest player in the VFL.
Townsend, 24, had to bide his time until the penultimate round of the AFL season to break into the Tigers' senior side despite outstanding form at VFL level.
But the former Giant hasn't looked back, kicking 13 goals in three AFL matches, including two in Richmond's stunning 51-point qualifying final thrashing of Geelong at the MCG.
"About three or four weeks ago, I wasn't expecting to be playing AFL footy and be kicking goals and playing in a pretty good side that's playing in a prelim," he said.
"It's always fun to be, not getting the media attention, but to be spoken about, so it's been good.
"I was just focused on playing good, consistent footy all year and if a chance came to be playing ones, then if I was playing well enough, I'd be picked."