Which modern AFL superstars are most respected by their peers?
In the lead-up to Round 1, aflplayers.com.au (in conjunction with afl.com.au) will reveal the top 50 players in the game, as voted by the players.
With more than half of the Players’ Top 50 revealed so far, the fourth instalment features a host of premiership players, best and fairest winners and Coleman Medallists.
Positioned in the 20 to 11 rank are two players who didn’t place in last year’s list, with North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein and Tiger defender Alex Rance bolting into the top 20 following strong form throughout 2015.
Goldstein is the biggest improver from last year, surging from outside the top 50 into 12th place, while Tiger defender Alex Rance jumped to 19th spot after failing to make the list in 2015.
The 27-year-old Goldstein took his game to new heights last season, becoming the game’s most dominant big man and receiving a maiden All-Australian berth along with the Kangaroos best and fairest award.
Similarly, Rance received his first club best and fairest award and a second All-Australian selection in 2015, confirming his status as the best key defender in the game.
Other players improving their rankings from last year include Dan Hannebery (up 26 spots), West Coast’s Josh Kennedy (up 28), Cyril Rioli (up 21) and Dustin Martin (up 19).
Also ranked inside the top 20 players for 2016 are Jarryd Roughead, Sydney’s Josh Kennedy, Travis Boak and Luke Parker.
The 10 players unveiled today include last year’s Coleman and Norm Smith Medallists, three won their club best and fairest in 2015, five were selected in the All-Australian team and two played in a premiership.