Redan captain Liam Hoy is the new leader in The Courier Ballarat Football League player of the year.
He received maximum votes against Melton South at the City Oval on Saturday.
This gives him 22 after nine rounds and puts him one ahead of Sunbury's Alik Magin.
Hoy has polled in six of Redan's eight games, being pivotal in the Lions' rise top the top of the ladder.
Hoy is in his fourth full-time season with the Redan after spending six years with North Ballarat Roosters in the VFL.
The defender turned midfielder then initially adopted Redan as his club in 2015 while still playing in the VFL, playing one game.
Just five votes, the tally awarded for best-on-ground, separate seven players.
Hoy's teammates Orren Stephenson and Lachie George are among them.
The injured Stephenson (groin) is third on 19, while George has climbed to equal fourth on 17 after receiving four votes for a six-goal performance.
Sebastopol defender Lockyer - another former North Ballarat Rooster - has been another significant mover in the award.
After a delayed start ot the season caused by a hand injury, Lockey has polled votes in four consecutive games to be on the leaders' board with 14 votes.