NATURAL: Ipswich Jets FOGS player Khan Ahwang (kicking) has taken out the competition’s top player award for the second straight year.
NATURAL: Ipswich Jets FOGS player Khan Ahwang (kicking) has taken out the competition’s top player award for the second straight year. Claudia Baxter

Khan top of the class to make it two from two

FOR two years in a row Khan Ahwang has been the best player in the FOGS Cup. But he still can't quite crack the Ipswich Jets top grade team.

Ahwang was named the Player of the Year for the second tier competition earlier this month, the second straight year the Jets back has taken out the award.

The competition's leading try-scorer and goal-kicker, Ahwang has been one of the Jets leaders in their finals push.

"I've been pretty lucky to win Player of the Year twice," he said.

"I had a pretty good year on the field this year I think."

The win came just weeks after Ahwang was moved from wing, where he played most of the season, to fullback, a position Jets FOGS Cup coach Todd Brown said he's made his own.

"He played probably half the season on the wing before we moved him to fullback a couple of weeks ago," he said. "He really took it with both hands since then. It's definitely the position for him."

Ahwang said the move to fullback from the wing had been great for his game. "Fullback is my natural position. Moving back there was like coming home," he said.

Ahwang's strength is at the back of the field, but inability to crack the top grade is a sign of the depth the Jets have at fullback with Javarn White holding down the Queensland Cup team's spot.

"It's a real position of strength of the club fullback," Brown said.

"Khan's got Javarn ahead of him, but I think he's definitely pushing him. He's such a strong player for us."

Brown said the move to fullback has let Ahwang excel defensively and given him more opportunity to get involved in the game. "He's a talented footballer. He's got the biggest kick on him I've ever seen."

While Ahwang is planning on spending next season in green and white, he's not ruling out a move if a Queensland Cup club comes knocking. "I haven't had anything come up and I'm enjoying my time at the Jets," he said.

"But if I was offered a spot in a Queensland Cup side, I couldn't turn it down."

For the time being though, Ahwang said he is concentrating on his team's semi-final against Norths this weekend. "We haven't beaten Norths this year but I think we could have beaten them every time we played them. We've got the players to beat any team in the comp."



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