Sunbury ball magnet Alik Magin finds himself leading The Courier Ballarat Football League player of the year.
He has moved to 21 votes after seven rounds.
Magin, who won the award in 2016, had another big performance in the Lions' come-from-behind win over Lake Wendouree on Saturday.
He has returned to best form after a quiet patch by his standards last season and been instrumental in a solid start by Sunbury.
He is two votes ahead of Redan ruckman Orren Stephenson, who missed Redan's loss to Melton with a groin injury.
Daniel Burton (Bacchus Marsh) is next on 16 votes.
SEBASTOPOL v MELTON SOUTH: Luke Kiel (S) 5, Tony Lockyer (S) 4, Toby Thoolen (S) 3, Daniel Leggett (MS) 2, Michael Powell (S) 1
NORTH BALLARAT CITY v EAST POINT: Simon McCartin (NBC) 5, Ryan Luke (NBC) 4, Daniel Jones (NBC) 3, Billy Jones (EP) 2, Sam Bromley-Lynch (NBC) 1
BACCHUS MARSH v DARLEY: Jake Owen (BM) 5, Quade Butt (BM) 4, Jake Edwards (D) 3, Jacob Chisari (BM) 2, Brad Spiteri (D) 1
LAKE WENDOUREE v SUNBURY: Alik Magin (S) 5, Lachie Bramble (S) 4, Jack Elkington (LW) 3, Jayden Eales (S) 2, Ben Taylor (LW) 1
MELTON v REDAN: Billy Crofts (M) 5, Mark Orr (M) 4, Liam Hoy (R) 3, Liam Carter (M) 2, Lachie George (R) 1
21-Alik Magin (Sunbury)
19-Orren Stephenson (Redan)
16-Daniel Burton (Bacchus Marsh)
15-Connor Griffiths (Melton), Jesse Baird (East Point)
14-Shane Page (Darley), Liam Hoy (R)
13-Mickitja Rotumah-Onus (EP), Lachie George (R)
12-Lachie Cassidy (Sebastopol), Lachie Bramble (Sun)
11-Brad Whittaker (EP)
10-Darren Leonard (D), Daniel Jones (North Ballarat City), Jake Owen (BM)
THERE is a three-way tie in The Courier Central Highlands Football League player of the year after eight rounds.