JAMES North is a match-winner at Hampden league senior level.
But, due to cricket commitments and minimal football pre-season, he often finds himself in Koroit's reserves to start a season.
His seven games in the twos in 2021 earned him the Lew Kelly Medal as the league's best and fairest.
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He finished the shortened season in the Saints' seniors and polled votes in the Maskell Medal.
Koroit coach Chris McLaren said North was a talented footballer.
"James is a multiple senior premiership player," he said.
"He really loves his cricket so we don't see much of him in the pre-season and he lives up between Hawkesdale and Penshurst so there is a bit of a travel commitment to get down, he's a farmer and he's just started a young family.
"To basically do his pre-season, he starts playing ressies early in the year and builds up.
"He plays without training at all, then gets to training once a week and then he might train twice a week."
North polled 14 votes to win the Lew Kelly Medal from North Warrnambool Eagles' Lachie Barling, Koroit's Nick Whiting and Warrnambool's Louis O'Connor, who tied for second with 11 votes.
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