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Martin shows Tiger love

Jack Dyer Medal: Martin speech Dustin Martin's acceptance speech as runner up in Richmond's Jack Dyer Medal.
Dustin Martin of the Tigersduring the 2013 1st Elimination Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the MCG, Melbourne on September 08, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)
Dustin Martin of the Tigersduring the 2013 1st Elimination Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the MCG, Melbourne on September 08, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)

Young gun Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin expressed his passion for the Club in his acceptance speech for winning the Jack Titus Medal (runner-up in the Best and Fairest) at last night’s (Monday, September 30) gala Jack Dyer Medal function.

Martin, who polled 255 votes to finish nine behind first-time Jack Dyer Medal winner Daniel Jackson, signed a new, two-year deal with the Tigers yesterday morning, following considerable speculation over his playing future.

“I’d just like to thank the supporters and the footy club,” Martin told a 1550-plus sell-out crowd at Crown Palladium.

“I love playing here . . . it’s my home.

“I’d like to thank all my teammates.  I love you boys . . . You help me a lot and you care for me a lot, so thanks very much.

“To the coaches and all the footy staff, again, I appreciate everything you do for me.

“You make me a better person.

“I really appreciate everything everyone does for me . . .”

Click on the player above to watch Dustin Martin's acceptance speech.