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Written by David Harrison
We may never see a year as dominant as Dusty?s 2017 season ever again
Richmond star Dustin Martin?s astonishing 2017 season may never ever be eclipsed.
The 26-year-old won every award imaginable in 2017 and signed an incredible seven-year contract extension worth a reported $1.2 to $1.3 million per season with the Tigers.
Martin won the AFL Players? Association MVP, the AFL Coaches Association Player of the year, the Gary Ayres Award for the best player in the finals series and he earned All-Australian selection.
He then of course won the game?s most prestigious honour in the week leading up to the Grand Final, the Brownlow Medal with a record 36 votes. He also received a record 11 best on grounds.
He averaged 29.7 disposals for the season, led the competition in inside 50s, centre clearances and score involvements and was second for contested possessions and metres gained.
On Grand Final day he then become the first man in history to win the Brownlow Medal and the Norm Smith Medal for the best on ground in the big dance in the same season. Martin racked up 29 disposals and booted two goals as the Tigers won their first premiership in 37 years to add yet another award to Martin?s bulging 2017 trophy cabinet.
To cap it all off, the media shy midfielder then won his second Richmond best and fairest, the Jack Dyer Medal.
He is not expected to slow down any time soon either, with Martin equal favourite with Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield to win back-to-back Brownlow Medals.
Meanwhile, despite the win in this year?s premiership, CrownBet?s AFL odds list Richmond behind Adelaide, Sydney and Greater Wester Sydney to win the flag again in 2018.
While next year is sure to have plenty of new unheralded stars make their mark on the game, one thing is almost certain. We are unlikely to ever see a season like Dusty?s 2017 campaign again.