The best small forward/midfielder of all time, and arguably the game’s greatest player, the Hawk legend, who went on to coach Collingwood and Brisbane, spent 16 years with the Hawks. From 2019, fans will no longer be able to subscribe to AFL Live Pass through the AFL website. “For a young, skinny footballer who wasn’t that brave, having Jonathan Brown threaten to do that was enough to put you off your game.”, © 2020, SEN All Rights “I’ve done my top 10 that I’ve seen since my time in the AFL. Hawkins has ranked inside the top three in that important category the past three seasons and he's booted 45 goals or more in every year since 2012. Who's next? 4 Dick Reynolds Clubs: Essendon Position: Ruck rover or half forward Games played: 321 Goals: 442 “Unapologetically, this is a biased list.” LYON AND WATSON NAME THEIR TOUGHEST PLAYERS OF THE 80s AND 90s. All right reserved, 18+ Gamble responsibly. He has the second highest goal kicking average and the AFL’s goal kicking award is named after him. The star defender was named an All Australian in 2015 and produced a career-best season. Honourable mentions: Tony Lockett, Jason Dunstall, Stephen Silvagni, John Nicholls, Royce Hart, Alex Jesaulenko, Bob Skilton, Ron Barassi, Jack Dyer, Greg Williams, Nathan Buckley, Chris Judd, Kevin Murray, Darrel Baldock. Written By Sportal @sportalau. (i.e. Despite his time out of the game, the 27-year-old is still arguably the best player on the Lions' list with his mix of inside ball-winning and outside run and quality ball use. You can access more content with Watch AFL.

Damien Hardwick (Essendon/Port Adelaide), “Played the whole of the 2004 season with dislocated shoulders and was mad. Former coach Paul Roos said Viney was one of the toughest players he has ever coached. He led the Tigers through a difficult 2016 but battled on manfully in the midfield. Players from all 18 clubs took part in the survey. 10. Any man who kicks 537 goals in 98 games must be included on this list. Seven Australian eSports pros banned over betting... How to use a VPN when betting from abroad, What is Davis Cup tennis and how to bet on it, Sportsbet Punters Club – How to create your own. It’s the toughest, hardest, most athletic game on the planet. • Check out the rest of the AFL Players' Top 50 as they are revealed, • Breakout stars: The players name the seven most likely to explode in 2017, Josh Dunkley's manager Liam Pickering discusses his client's request to be traded to…, The latest on Jeremy Cameron, Adam Treloar and more as Riley Beveridge and Mitch…, Geelong list manager Stephen Wells gives an update on discussions with GWS regarding…, Keep up to date with your club's picks throughout the Trade Period, Northern Knights coach Marcus Abney-Hastings will lead the Roos' VFLW side, among…, All the latest trade news and whispers in our daily LIVE blog, Mitch Cleary and Callum Twomey answer all your trade questions live on Facebook, Riley Beveridge, Mitch Cleary, Nathan Schmook and Callum Twomey wrap up day two of…, This content is unavailable in your region.

Naming the 10 best AFL players of all-time is a thankless task when you consider the talent the competition has had in its long history. At 22 and beginning just his fifth year at the club, it's been a fast rise to club leadership. Current players only. MelbourneMidfielderLast year's ranking: 27Official AFL Player Rating: 117Debut: 2005Games: 264AFL Fantasy value: $623,000. Could arguably wind up better than his father if he can somehow lead the Suns to an AFL flag. It’s one of the age-old footy questions — who is the most hated AFL player, past or present? Three Brownlow Medals and two premierships, including St Kilda’s only one in 1966, Stewart set the standard in the 1960s and 70s.

MelbourneMidfielderLast year's ranking: -Official AFL Player Rating: 57Debut: 2013Games: 70AFL Fantasy value: $611,000. Port AdelaideMidfielderLast year's ranking: 16Official AFL Player Rating: 26Debut: 2007Games: 199AFL Fantasy value: $541,000.

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Was a brilliant mark and could kick with distance and accuracy with both feet, Stewart had no peer during his playing career. The Geelong forward does his damage in a different way.

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", GeelongForwardLast year's ranking: 44Official AFL Player Rating: 66Debut: 2007Games: 189AFL Fantasy value: $455,000.

He was the prototype of the ruck rover, as hard as nails, with a brilliant overhead marking ability, and he has three Brownlow Medals to show for it. 87% Upvoted.

Like Matthews, Ablett was as tough and uncompromising as he was skilled. The Port Adelaide skipper lacked the impact he has had in previous seasons in 2016.

Is the ruckman in the AFL and the Geelong team of the century, any midfielder will tell you that they simply loved playing under the ruckman who gave them silver service at the stoppages. save hide report. If the Tigers stay the course with a mooted game plan that will be more aggressive, Cotchin will have opportunities to be a more damaging player. A brutal player, Matthews would win the football, or destroy the man who grabbed it.

His power, aggression and smarts make him a commanding presence in the back half, and his terrific foot skills give him an ability to counter-attack from defence. Former coach Paul Roos said Viney was one of the toughest players he has ever coached. Coniglio's year started when he was elevated into the GWS leadership group and after providing enormous drive for Leon Cameron's midfield, the 23-year-old was rewarded with selection in the 40-man All Australian squad. The original Giant makes his AFL Players' Top 50 debut after a career-best season in 2016 when he missed just one game, broke the club record for disposals, and finished third in the best and fairest. Beams is coming off a season he'd rather forget, playing just twice before undergoing knee surgery to fix an ongoing tendon issue. Read through our list and then tell us in the comment box below. Have we missed in any one? The three-time best and fairest winner remains one of the premier midfielders in the competition. EssendonMidfielderLast year's ranking: - (suspended)Official AFL Player Rating: 429Debut: 2003Games: 200AFL Fantasy value: $477,000. As fit as a fiddle, he booted bags of goals from the wing and then his goal kicking went to the next level when he became a permanent forward. Hurley's return to Essendon will be a huge boost to the club following his doping suspension last year. Tempered with a growing maturity, Viney's ruthless footy has now been recognised with his debut in the fourth annual AFL Players' Top 50. The Port Adelaide games record holder has selected his list based on those he has seen play since he was drafted in 2000. “It is a topic of choice and taste,” he said on SEN’s The Captain’s Run. The four-time premiership Hawk enters this season in an entirely different surrounding, as one of the elder statesmen among a promising group of young players hoping to achieve success. In annointing North Melbourne premiership superstar Wayne Carey the greatest of all time, Sheahan said he just loved the way Carey played the game on a weekly basis. Loved him.”. Sheahan's tribute to 'The Finest of Their Generation' is set to be unveiled in a mural at Etihad Stadium's Crown Lager Bar on Tuesday night. His powerful marking was a feature, but his hard running used to wreck his opponents. 2014-2020 published by Race Media. But he rejoins the club fit and firing, and ready to make the most of what shapes as Essendon's first drama-free season since 2012. New Demons coach Simon Goodwin echoes the players' backing of Viney as a man who whose time has come: "This needs to be made clear — Jack Viney was ready to captain this football club. 91 comments. All Australian for the past two seasons and club champion in his second year at the Giants in 2015, Shaw is enjoying a career renaissance. Cornes’ top 10 toughest players. #AFLSaintsDees #ohwhatafeeling Boak finished fifth in the Power's best and fairest and will play his 200th game in the season-opener against Sydney at the SCG.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on who the best AFL players of all time are, how close to the mark has our man Mike Randall got? But rugby’s loss is Aussie Rules’ gain and he started his career in the best way possible, winning two Brownlows in his first two seasons.

Check out the rest of the AFL Players' Top 50 as they are revealed, RichmondMidfielderLast year's ranking: 22Official AFL Player Rating: 39Debut: 2008Games: 173AFL Fantasy value: $585,000. Kane Cornes has ranked the top 10 toughest footballers he played with and against. Wild two-year ride took its toll, Pyke concedes, click here to check out the AFL Players' Top 50 as they are revealed, Check out the rest of the AFL Players' Top 50 as they are revealed, Breakout stars: The players name the seven most likely to explode in 2017. who would win if AFL had a UFC type competition). Adrian Hickmott (Geelong/Carlton) 7.

Possesses a resume the envy of most players in history. He was ready to captain alongside Nathan Jones. The 2017 countdown starts with Demon hard nut Jack Viney's debut at No.50, continuing until Thursday, March 16, when the AFL's No.1 player – according to his peers – is unveiled. Watson was battered and broken the last time he played for Essendon in 2015, as the weight of the supplements scandal and a debilitating shoulder injury plagued his form. He was named by the AFL as the greatest player of the 20th century and few would argue.