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.
It’s easy to forget Joel Selwood is still only 27 years old such is the longevity of his dominance.
Since he first stepped onto the Etihad Stadium turf in Round 1, 2007 against the Bulldogs, Selwood has looked at home, becoming one of the toughest and most revered players to pull on the blue and white hoops.
Now a 204-gamer, Selwood continues to be admired by his peers and has been named at number eight in this year’s Players’ Top 50.
Excluding his debut year, the four-time All-Australian has averaged more than 24 disposals per game in each season. Although he slipped five spots from his number three ranking in last year’s poll after battling through injuries during the season, the Cats skipper is a picture of hard-work and consistency and was top 10 in the competition for average clearances in 2015.
Selwood is the third Geelong player to feature in the Players’ Top 50 so far, following teammates Tom Hawkins (44) and Harry Taylor (41) in this year’s tally.
Joel Selwood 2015 stats (20 games):
Average disposals: 24.55. Contested possessions: 13.15. Tackles: 6.20. Clearances: 6.95. Goals: 14.