A trio of the competition’s brightest stars battled it out for July’s instalment of the AFLPA MVP of the Month, proudly presented by Snaffle. Nick Daicos claimed bragging rights over fellow nominees Chad Warner and Luke Davies-Uniacke, to be crowned this month’s winner.
July may have been the month in which the conversation shifted from questioning who will win this year’s Rising Star, to whether Nick Daicos just might be piecing together one of the best debut seasons we’ve ever seen.
Predominantly used across half-back, Daicos’ classy ball use has become a damaging weapon for Collingwood, with his precise foot skills and sharp decision-making belying his 19 years. Given the Magpies’ slender winning margins over their past nine consecutive victories, Daicos has seized the moment when the game has been on the line, demonstrating incredible leadership for a player in their first year at the elite level.
Over the past month, Daicos has averaged 29.8 disposals at 82.1 per cent efficiency, 5.3 rebound 50s and 4.5 score involvements. However, it’s hard to ignore his colossal Round 18 performance against the Crows, boasting 40 disposals (at 82 per cent efficiency), 10 intercept possessions, 747 metres gained and just to highlight his versatility – three goals.
With both Daicos brothers firing, as well as nine consecutive Collingwood victories and a top-four finish not just a pipe dream, there’s plenty to get excited about for the Magpie army.
MVP of the Month winners