BRAD McCosh has gone out on a high, winning his first J. A. Esam Medal in his last season playing football.
McCosh, 32, earned 25 votes to snare the honour, polling in 11 matches.
He finished six votes clear of Panmure onballer/forward Jye Bidmade, the 2010 winner, and Nirranda recruit Nathan Couch who tied with 19.
Kolora-Noorat big man Brodie Edge was fourth with 18 while Dennington utility Chris Keilar and Panmure gun Simon O'Keefe tied for fifth with 17.
His decision brings to an end a career which started playing juniors at St John's and included time at Warrnambool, Port Fairy and South Rovers.
"I thought I had had enough and I would leave it for the young boys," he said.
"You see the young lads running around and you think I've had enough, I'll leave it to them."
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McCosh said he left the club, which finished sixth in 2013 under new coach Brendan Whelan, in good shape.
He said he was unlikely to change his mind about retiring, wanting to spend time with wife Hayley and daughters Evie, 5, Lottie, 3, and Nellie, 1.
Rovers finished sixth during season 2013 with an 8-10 record and were three games behind fifth-ranked Allansford.
But McCosh proved why those at Walter Oval rate him so highly by attracting votes in six matches they lost.He was best afield on six occasions, including twice in losing causes against Merrivale and twice against Russells Creek.
McCosh had 10 votes at the halfway mark of the season but produced his best football as Rovers strove for an unlikely finals berth.
Eleven of his votes came in a stellar four-game stretch between rounds 14 and 17.
He overtook Edge by earning three votes in round 15 against the Tigers and had the medal secure with a seven-vote lead after round 17.
"I got that right halfway through the year and started to get a few games and a few miles in the legs and played good after that," he said.
"I'm pretty slow as it is on the best of days."