WITH three premiership medallions in his trophy cabinet, Bradley Hill already enjoyed bragging rights over his brother Stephen.
But after adding the Doig Medal to his collection on Saturday night, the speedy Fremantle wingman joked that his elder brother might expect some more cheeky banter.
After crossing from Hawthorn at the end of last year, Hill, 24, became the first Docker since Troy Cook in 2000 to clinch the club champion award following his debut season in purple.
Meanwhile, Stephen has only ever been a Doig Medal bridesmaid, with three podium finishes but never the top gong – despite carving out a stellar 190-game career at Fremantle.
"He's been trying, but I got one before him so I reckon he'll be a little bit flat about that," Bradley said with a laugh.
"It's something me and him can have a little banter with.
"Stephen's been a terrific player for this footy club, he's been very consistent, and he could have won one of these easily."
While the former Hawk has enjoyed dizzying success early in his career, some of that has come at the expense of his brother.
Hawthorn twice snuffed out Freo's premiership ambitions – in the 2013 Grand Final and preliminary final two seasons later – before the younger Hill requested a trade home to WA at the end of last season.
Bradley arrived at Fremantle via the second-round compensation pick the Dockers received when free agent Chris Mayne joined Collingwood, and his finest campaign to date confirmed his status as a trade steal.
Being closer to family and friends this year has made him a happier person and more consistent footballer, and he averaged career-best disposals (23.1) as the link-up runner in Fremantle's engine room.
While playing on the same team as his brother has been everything he hoped for, sharing the ultimate success together would be as sweet as it gets.
Bradley and Stephen Hill lived their dream, playing in the same side. Picture: AFL Photos
"It was awesome playing alongside Stephen," Bradley said.
"He got a little bit injured throughout the season, so hopefully next year we can start jelling a little bit more with each other and playing some more footy with each other.
"I feel like he's still got some of his best footy ahead of him. He's still only pretty young, he's only 27 – that's when blokes normally hit their prime.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what Stephen can do and us two together.
"I've been pretty lucky. I'm not going to take that for granted.
"I want to keep trying to improve my footy and keep trying to achieve more things in my career, and as a team we want to succeed."