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McLeod nabs NAIDOC award

11/07/2009 12:11:08 AM Comments (0)

Dual AFL premiership winner Andrew McLeod has been named Sportsperson of the Year at the NAIDOC Awards in Brisbane on Friday night.

The Adelaide veteran was recognised for not only his superb career on the field but also outstanding community work.

He is a tireless volunteer for children's causes, recognised by his 2007 Variety Heart of Football award for his "outstanding commitment to children".

The aboriginal community award adds to a year to remember for McLeod.

The 32-year-old has answered the critics with a resurgence on the field, helping the Crows win six straight to crack the AFL's top five.

After questions were asked about his impact, off contract McLeod has hit vintage form to all but ensure an AFL return in 2010.

Following McLeod's inspirational hand in Adelaide's last round win over Richmond on the Gold Coast, Crows coach Neil Craig said of the two-time Norm Smith Medalist: "He's been really sound for a long period now even though he's been heavily tagged.

"But he's been a really calm player for us - he's actually been adding some more skills to the skill set he's already got.

"A lot of it people won't see from the grandstand but he's been a great contributor and is a very impressive senior player for us."

McLeod also broke Adelaide's all-time games record this season, eclipsing Mark Ricciuto's 312-match mark.

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