Clifton and Valenti share the 2010 JJ Liston Trophy

NORTH Ballarat rover Stephen Clifton and Port Melbourne midfielder Shane Valenti have jointly won the 2010 JJ Liston Trophy.

Clifton and Valenti were locked on 20 votes for the VFL’s highest individual honour at the end of a dramatic count tonight at Etihad Stadium.

With votes for the final home and away remaining, Valenti led by two votes. While he failed to secure a vote, Clifton collected two votes to tie.

It’s the first time since 2005 when Melbourne ruckman Paul Johnson, then playing with Sandringham, and Tasmania rover Ian Callinan were tied there has been a deadheat in the Liston.

Box Hill Hawks Ed Curnow, who led the Liston count until he was injured in Round 13, finished third with 13 votes with Gold Coast teenager David Swallow fourth on 12 votes.

Valenti polled votes in seven games with six best-on-grounds while Clifton collected votes in one more game and gained four maximum three votes games and four two vote games.

For Valenti, it was a fitting reward as he finished runner-