WHEN Michael Gibbons realised his football dream just over a year ago, the line used to describe him was frequent.
‘The best player in the VFL.’
Now, his standing in the state’s premier football competition has been elevated even further.
As decided by VFL expert Paul Amy, Gibbons came in at No.12 for the best VFL players in the last 20 years.
A star for Williamstown, Gibbons finally earned his shot at the big time n 2019 and didn’t let Carlton down, kicking 16 goals from 21 games.
His journey is well-documented, having won just about everything the VFL had to offer. As Amy wrote, “the on-baller won everything bar the halftime raffle in his five years with Williamstown.”
There were two J.J. Liston Trophies as the competition’s best player, a Norm Goss Medal for best-afield in the 2015 premiership win, a Williamstown best and fairest and the 2016 Frank Johnson Medal as Victoria’s best in the state game.
There was another Carlton-Williamstown link on the list, with Gibbons joined by his current Head of Football.
In 167 games for the Towners, Brad Lloyd (No.43 on Amy's list) captained the team to its 2003 premiership, having also achieved best-and-fairest honours in 2000, 2001 and 2004.
“More recently, in his capacity as an AFL football manager, he’s cocked an eye for VFL players,” Amy said on Lloyd.
“A class act on and off the field.”