The 22Under22 final team for 2021 was announced yesterday ahead of the AFL Players’ Association MVP Awards on September 2, proudly presented by Snaffle.
We look at the numbers that define the team.
Top 10 Most Popular:
Bailey Smith – 97 per cent of teams
Aaron Naughton – 91 per cent
Andrew Brayshaw – 90 per cent
Sam Walsh – 89 per cent
Shai Bolton – 89 per cent
Brandon Starcevich – 85 per cent
Jordan Ridley – 85 per cent
Luke Jackson – 85 per cent
Changkuoth Jiath – 84 per cent
Jack Lukosius – 81 per cent
Gold Coast Suns – Ben King, Jack Lukosius and Wil Powell
Melbourne – Luke Jackson, Kysaiah Pickett and Trent Rivers
Three times a charm:
Carlton midfielder Sam Walsh continued the blistering start to his career, earning a third straight selection in the 22under22 team. In his final season of eligibility, Western Bulldogs forward Aaron Naughton was also selected for the third straight season.
One – Sam Walsh
Demonstrating a changing of the guard, 12 first-timers graced the 22Under22 team in 2021 (Brandon Starcevich, Sam Taylor, Wil Powell, Changkuoth Jiath, Isaac Quaynor, Shai Bolton, Zac Bailey, Kysaiah Pickett, Luke Jackson, Oscar Allen, Tom McCartin and Trent Rivers).