Goddard has won the praises of AFL coaches after a superb display in win against Adelaide.
Brendon Goddard’s superb final quarter performance hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the stand-in skipper gaining the top votes in the AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year Award.
Goddard gathered 32 disposals including 16 in the final term to help the Bombers defeat the Crows by a slender 8-point margin at Etihad Stadium on the weekend.
Both coaches gave Goddard the maximum nine votes, with Essendon coach Mark Thompson particularly happy with the 29-year-old’s development as a genuine leader.
“He’s always been good,” Thompson said.
“He’s actually set standards with on-ground talk and delivering feedback and setting things up.”
“What he’s added here is that he’s really getting the group together now.”
“He’s really done well and I’m pleased for him.”
Round 14- Essendon v Adelaide Crows votes:
9- Brendon Goddard (Essendon)
7- Michael Hibberd (Essendon)
6- Scott Thompson (Adelaide)
4- Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
4- Dyson Heppell (Essendon)