Tom Cossens back in 2016.
Tom Cossens back in 2016. Paul Braven GLA070516FOOTY

WATCH: TC wins Bernie in dream return after bad knee injury

AUSSIE RULES: Yeppoon Swan Tom Cossens' remarkable comeback continued when he won his second Bernie Gottke Medal as the best player in the AFL Capricornia.

Cossens pipped his older brother Leigh by a single vote in what may turn out to be a dream year with the Swans on the verge of a potential fourth successive premiership.

The 23-year-old has booted a sensational 108 goals from 12 games this season.

That's not bad for a noted midfielder who injured his anterior cruciate ligament in 2016 and was forced to miss last season.

CHAMPIONS: Bernie Gottke Medallist Tom Cossens with runner-up Leigh Cossens and Brisbane Lions triple premiership player Simon Black.
CHAMPIONS: Bernie Gottke Medallist Tom Cossens with runner-up Leigh Cossens and Brisbane Lions triple premiership player Simon Black. Contributed GLA200818TC

He has played predominantly as a key forward this season, with cameo stints in midfield.

"It started to get tight, but I was hoping that my brother would win because he has had a great year," Cossens said of the final stages of the count.

Votes were shared with three other Swan players, Jake King, James Malone and Jamie Garner, who were in the top six vote-getters.

Cossens moved to Queensland from Victoria and he and his brother found the Yeppoon Football Club.

"I have been at the club since juniors and it's the first AFL club I have played in," he said.

The powerfully built Cossens has no intention of testing himself at a higher level.

But he said never say never.

"I'm pretty settled here, but if the offer is right then I'll have a look at it," he said.

Swan fans need not worry in the short term because Cossens and his talented team-mates have bigger fish to fry.

They were put to the test by a determined Glenmore Bulls in last Saturday's second semi-final.

"We knew they were going to bring the heat, but we knew that we had done all the work and our fitness would stand up in the second half," Cossens said.

He has received silver service from the power-packed midfield and has booted five bags of 11 goals or more, including successive hauls of 14 and 22 goals against Rockhampton Brothers and Gladstone Mudcrabs.

Before his injury, Cossens was a midfielder who went forward and he's aiming for that next season.

"We have so many midfielders and I have sometimes had stints there this season," he said. "I'm definitely hoping to play in midfield more often next season."

The Swans will play either Glenmore Bulls or BITS Saints in the grand final on Saturday, September 1 at BITS Oval.



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