SOUTH Launceston midfielder Jobi Harper said it was a surreal feeling to win the Baldock Medal as the best player in the grand final.
The 20-year-old electrician racked up 24 possessions in the midfield for the Bulldogs against some of the best in the business in the Burnie midfield group including Luke Shackleton and Kade Munday.
"All I'm happy about at the moment is that the team got up," Harper said.
"It would have meant nothing if we hadn't have won the premiership - we've done that and that's all that matters to me."
Harper said he just wanted to play his role for the side and do whatever he could to get them over the line.
"My role was to win the hard ball and when it gets out in space work really hard and just use my engine.
"To win the premiership is unreal - not many people would have thought we would be in this position now at the start of the season and it's just a fantastic honour."
Coach Mitch Thorp praised Harper as a worthy medal winner.
"He is a terrific runner and a terrific trainer as well and it is really a lot of reward for effort.
"He travelled to New South Wales with the state side as an emergency and I think that really gave him a kick up the backside to continue to progress with his footy and I'm very proud of him.
"You probably could have given it to a few guys today but Jobi is definitely a worthy winner."