Defender Luke Ryan continued his outstanding 2020 season to date, winning the Goodes-O’Loughlin Medal as the best on ground in Fremantle’s 31-point win against Sydney at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

As is a Sydney Swans tradition, they played for the Marn Grook Trophy and the Goodes-O’Loughlin Medal as a part of Sir Doug Nicholls Round, with Fremantle playing in the game for the first time.

Ryan became the first non-Sydney player to win the award named after Swans legends Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin, joining Tom Mitchell (2016), Lance Franklin (2017), Isaac Heeney (2018) and Sam Reid (2019).

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Luke Ryan spoke to DTV after the win against the Swans in Sir Doug Nicholls round.

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The award was announced at the ground by Doig Medal winner Troy Cook, who played for both Fremantle and Sydney.

“Obviously it’s a real privilege to win the medal,” Ryan said.

“Sir Doug Nicholls Round is such a special round for the club and for the whole AFL. To win that was pretty special and my mum will probably take the medal home (to Melbourne).

“We’ve got a rich history of Indigenous players and it’s massive for the club and the AFL. We’ve got a few boys running out there who are Indigenous and they put on a show and we got the chocolates for them.

“It’s a great feeling after the disappointing loss last week.”