With the 2017 season now over, here are the top 10 players in the AFL for 2018.
The following players will play a big role in the top four spots in the ladder next season.
#1 Michael Hurley is a key contributor to the Kangaroos success with 11 goals and 15 disposals in 10 games in 2018.
“I was really pleased to be in a finals position and I am looking forward to doing even more,” Hurley said.
#2 Tom Boyd is a player with a high ceiling in 2018 who can play in all three roles, winning the midfield and half-back roles in 2018 as well as the forward half-forward role.
The key for Boyd is his ability to be versatile with a strong game in half-field or in defence.
#3 Josh Caddy has been the face of the club for the last six seasons, with two All-Australian selections and a career-best six goals in just 20 games.
He also has a strong footy mind and has shown he is capable of playing on the wings as well.
#4 Jack Ziebell is a versatile player with great ball skills, good vision and can score goals.
His role as a half-gamer is one he has excelled in in the past, but the club is hoping he can also continue to build on his success as a kick-to-kick half-midfielder.
#5 Daniel Talia has had a great start to the season for the Demons, averaging a goal every 2.6 games since round one and has kicked 26 goals in his first four games.
#6 Aaron Black has been a consistent contributor to Geelong’s success since being selected at pick 14 in the 2016 National Draft, winning his first two games and finishing the year with 18 goals.
#7 Matt Priddis has played his way into the AFL’s best 20 for five straight seasons, playing 17 games for the Cats in 2017 and 18 games for Adelaide in 2018 before a hamstring injury sidelined him for the whole of 2019.
In a big year for Priddisc, he could see a big rise in his chances of being drafted into the top 20.
#8 Matthew Pavlich was a key part of the Cats resurgence after the club’s poor 2016 season, with five goals and nine disposals, including five goals in the final eight rounds.
Pavlich also played as a ruckman for the Crows this year and was a top-10 ruck recruit.
#9 Daniel Ricciardo has enjoyed a successful AFL career after making his debut at pick 23 in the 2017 National Draft.
Ricciardo will hope to continue his growth in the midfield as the club continues to add more young players to the list, including the big guns in Jack Z, Jack Steele and Ben Cunnington.
#10 Jack Z will be a key figure in the Geelong midfield this season.
The 21-year-old has been able to develop into a powerful forward who can win the ball inside 50 and hit big goals with his kick.
There are some key questions for the Geels this season as they rebuild, including whether they can sustain the same form they had a year ago.
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