History beckons Martin after Brownlow win

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin stands on the cusp of the greatest individual AFL season after winning the 2017 Brownlow Medal.

Martin claimed the medal with a record 36 votes, with that tally including 11 best-on-ground performances, which set another record.

The 26-year-old has the chance to cement his place in history when he becomes the first Richmond player to win the Brownlow Medal and then play in the grand final.

He will be a favourite to win the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground on Saturday afternoon.

“It feels a little bit surreal,” Martin told reporters.

“It’s something that I’m proud of, but I’m just concentrating on this week now.

“I think the improvement of all my teammates, the whole team, has certainly helped me get better (this year).

“I was obviously pretty nervous leading into (the Brownlow ceremony), so now I’m just concentrating on the footy, which is good.”

The Tigers face Adelaide in the premiership decider at the MCG.

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