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Casey Prather goes back-to-back as Perth Wildcats MVP

Casey Prather had one of the great seasons at the Wildcats, placing in both the league and grand final MVP awards.
Casey Prather had one of the great seasons at the Wildcats, placing in both the league and grand final MVP awards.Picture: Getty Images

American import Casey Prather last night became the first Perth Wildcats player to win the club’s MVP award in multiple championship seasons.

Prather, 25, was awarded the Gordon Ellis Medal as the Cats’ most valuable player for season 2016-17 in front of a packed Crown Ballroom, beating fellow import and grand final MVP Bryce Cotton to the prize.

Jameel McKay, Damian Martin and Matt Knight rounded out the top five vote-getters.

It was the second season in a row Prather has taken out the award, putting him on par with club legend James Crawford as the only players to be named MVP in both their first two years at the club.

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“To be a part of back-to-back championships is the real reward here, but I’m proud now be a part of the history of this great organisation,” he said.

Prather, who finished runners up in both the league MVP and grand final MVP awards this season, was also named player’s player and fans’ MVP.

Martin unsurprisingly took out the Andrew Vlahov Medal as best defensive player, while Angus Brandt was named most improved.

Lucas Walker won the coaches’ award after sticking with the club following a brief spell as an injury replacement player.

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