Perth Demons colts player Luke English named
2017 Jack Clarke Medal winner
Young midfielder Luke English won the Jack Clarke Medal as the WAFL's best-and-fairest colt in September 2017.
English (53 votes) took home the medal in convincing fashion, finishing 22 votes clear of Claremont's Jack Lewsey (31 votes) in second. What's more frightening than English's 22 vote win is the fact that he played the entire 2017 season as a 16-year-old and is eligible to play colts for another two years.
English averaged 25 possessions and five tackles a game in 2017, and collected 30 disposals or over on eight occassions. He polled votes in 15 of his 19 games. The now 17-year-old credited the Perth Football Club for developing him in to the prolific midfielder he is today.
“The Perth Football Club has been a fantastic pathway to my success in football and major factor in helping me win The Jack Clarke Medal,” English said.
“I was involved in the 14s, 15s and 16s development programs which no doubt improved my football skills.”
“I couldn’t be prouder to wear the Perth Demons uniform and I thank the Perth Football Club for giving me the opportunity to represent them.”
To cap off a memorable night for the 179cm midfielder, he also took home the Colts Coaches Award as the competition's most valuable player voted by the coaches and was named in the 2017 colts team of the year.
Perth Football Operations Manager Dale Ballantyne said English's hard work was rewarded last night.
"He had a taste of colts footy towards the end of 2016 as a back pocket," Ballantyne said.
"He took it upon himself to have a big preseason so he could work his way in to the midfield, which he was able to do and do well."
Ballantyne said English would be invited to do a senior preseason over the summer.
"Luke will be invited down but we won't rush him," Ballantyne said.
"If he's ready, he'll be managed through a senior preseaon but that's something we need to sit down with him and discuss."