Another stellar season from the Collingwood skipper sees him a logical choice as an MVP nominee.
Averaging 29 disposals, five tackles and five clearances a game in 2015, the 27-year-old’s form has gotten better as the season’s worn on.
Always poised with ball in hand, Pendlebury seems to slow down time in contested situations and is a creative influence throughout the middle part of the ground, but can also drift forward and impact the scoreboard when given the opportunity.
His efforts in Round 14 against the Hawks in what coach Nathan Buckley described as his “best game for the club” resulted in 37 disposals, 10 tackles, 10 clearances, six inside 50s and 20 contested possessions.
Nearly back to his best after an average 2014 by his lofty standards, Swan has found the ball with ease throughout the season.
The 31-year-old has had ten games of more than 30 disposals, including a 41-possession, three-goal effort in Round 19 against old rivals Carlton.
After kicking only 11 goals last year, Swan also managed to impact the scoreboard more in 2015, averaging a goal per game across his 18 matches.
After missing a large chunk at the start of 2015, Sidebottom returned with a vengeance in Round 8 against the Suns, collecting 32 disposals and five tackles, and the 24-year-old never looked back.
In his 11 matches since returning from injury, the 24-year-old collected more than 30 disposals on six occasions, including a high of 38 touches and six rebound 50s against the Eagles in Round 16.
Coming of age in the last couple of seasons, Sidebottom is considered a future leader of the club and one of their more important players in a young side.
Which three Bombers will be nominated for the AFL Players’ MVP Award? Find out at aflplayers.com.au on Saturday.