ABOVE: Brett Kitching, Richard Mitchell and Tony Roebuck.
ABOVE: Brett Kitching, Richard Mitchell and Tony Roebuck.

Spirit skipper awarded double

Spirit skipper Brett Kitching has capped his best season at the club by collecting the illustrious double.

The hard-working midfielder was crowned best and fairest and players’ player on the weekend — a well-deserved achievement and one he was proud of.

“I think this season has been my best with the Spirit,” he said.

“Especially when the new guys turned up mid-season I think I definitely stepped up my game as well.

“They motivated us and I think we all lifted with their arrival.”

While controlling the midfield and constantly winning the battle with his opposite number, he was also able to score goals and poll regular votes on the QSL MVP count.

The 28-year-old is one of the few old heads in the side, but he says his body is more than ready for next season.

“I probably won’t have any more than a few weeks off,” he said.

“I’m holding up well and my intention is to build on what we started to achieve in the second half of the season.”

Meanwhile Spirit Youth striker Luke Leggett was equally impressive in scooping a double of his own.

He pipped Brady Watt for the players’ player honours, before also collecting best and fairest.

The 17-year-old gentle giant still has two seasons in the QSL Youth League, but is no doubt on the radar for a permanent position in the top side after several appearances this season.

“It’s absolutely well deserved,” coach Steve Bates said.

“He was a stand-out all season and epitomised what we were about.”

He showed maturity beyond his age in declining the captaincy early in the season to focus on getting his game right.

It worked, and there was no better evidence than last Sunday when he had the Sunshine Coast defence at sixes and sevens.

“None of them wanted to be near him; he was a real force.”

An announcement is expected within days regarding the addition of coaching staff for the new season, but neither Bates nor head coach Richard Mitchell would reveal any details yesterday.

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