Dylan Clissold only needs to look at Otway Districts’ last winner of the Max Gray Memorial Award as he contemplates taking the next step in his football career.
Former Demon Dean Towers shared the honour of the CDFL’s best under-21 player with David Dunne in 2009 before embarking on a whirlwind journey which landed him on Sydney’s AFL list just three years later.
Clissold, 20, has enjoyed a promising start to his senior career, winning a club best-and-fairest in his second season in 2017, before trumping 19 of the league’s rising stars to claim this year’s Max Gray Memorial Award.
Towers, who notched up his 50th AFL game this year, joined the Colac Tigers the year after he won the same accolade almost a decade ago.
Born-and-bred Demon Clissold was only 11 and starting out his junior career in Otway’s under-14.5 ranks when Towers departed the Demons.
But Clissold said he closely followed the Swans utility and was getting itchy feet to test himself at a higher level.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.