- Oops!Something went wrong.Please try again later.
Star Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver says he couldn't care less about missing out on the Brownlow medal after achieving his childhood dream of winning an AFL premiership.
Oliver was one of the favourites for the Brownlow medal, ending up third in the count with 31 votes, five behind winner Ollie Wines.
Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli finished second on 33 votes.
Oliver played a starring role in Saturday night's 74-point grand final trouncing of the Bulldogs, tallying 33 possessions, 10 tackles, five clearances and one goal.
With a premiership medal now hanging around his neck, Oliver was giving little thought to his Brownlow medal miss.
"I couldn't care less about the Brownlow," Oliver told AAP.
"Winning a premiership is the only thing I've dreamt of since I was five years old - every night when I go to sleep.
"You keep thinking about it. It's something I've dreamt of forever. I've finally achieved it.
"It's been a long couple of years for Melbourne. We've had a couple of ups and downs since our preliminary final in 2018.
"It was a bit of a write-off year in 2019 and then 2020 we missed the finals again.
"This year everything just clicked.
"It was a bit of a relief when that final siren went."
Oliver lavished praise on Norm Smith medal winner Christian Petracca, who racked up 39 disposals, nine clearances, 11 inside 50s and two goals in a best-afield performance.
"He's a superstar," Oliver said.
"The couple of goals he kicked, we needed them.
"I try to get the ball to him pretty often with my hands. Most times I find him he does something pretty special.
"I love what he does and what he brings to the club."
Melbourne's premiership window appears to be open for years to come given the age demographic of their list.
Oliver is optimistic about what lies ahead but was careful not to make any bold predictions.
"Hopefully we can build something pretty special," the 24-year-old said.