Western Bulldogs midfielder, former Eltham player Marcus Bontempelli has been crowned the 2016 Charles Sutton Medallist, taking out the Club’s best and fairest award on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old is the youngest Charles Sutton Medal winner since David Thorpe in 1968.

The prestigious Charles Sutton Medal rounds out an exceptional season for Bontempelli, who was named an All-Australian for the first time and was an integral part of the Bulldogs premiership-winning side.

Bontempelli finished 71 votes ahead of Doug Hawkins medallist Dale Morris – who was two votes clear of Gary Dempsey medallist Lachie Hunter.

Bontempelli played all 24 games in 2016, averaging 24 disposals and four tackles.