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Melbourne defender Neville Jetta recognised with Jim Stynes Community Award

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Melbourne defender Neville Jetta is this year’s winner of the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.

The award, named in honour of the late Melbourne champion, is presented annually to an AFL or AFLW player who makes a genuine commitment to community causes.

Jetta was recognised this year for his work with Indigenous youth, helping out at the Parkville Juvenile Justice Centre, the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School and at the Red Cross.

He told Tony Jones it was even more special, having seen the impact Stynes had first hand.

“He had a huge impact on my football club, which I got to see as a player and a person,” Jetta said.

“I’m in a privileged position at the moment, as a footballer, to be able to give back and then see the impact of that, a bit like Jim was about to do with the Reach Foundation, he was able to change people’s lives.

“The impact I’m able to have on Indigenous youth and players in the AFL, these guys are inspiring me just as much.

“When I’m a bit older I’ll be able to sit back and say, I played a little part in making it a better community for everyone.”

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

Jetta was one of four finalists alongside North Melbourne key forward Ben Brown, Gold Coast defender Jarrod Harbrow and Port Adelaide veteran Justin Westhoff.

Photo: Melbourne FC

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