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7. Significant Players in the AFL

The high-scoring nature of Aussie Rules means that forwards, and especially full forwards, tend to be the more glamorous positions on a team. Spectacular players who take high/exciting marks, or who kick lots of goals or get a lot of possessions of the ball, are the most widely known players.

However, that doesn't mean there aren't others in any given team who are just as flashy or equally skilled. Pace midfielders with skills to burn are just as exciting to watch as they tear through the opposition lines.

Then are the defenders, most of whom go about their business with a minimum of fuss but are as just as important as the goalkickers. And let's not forget the tall ruckmen who seem to get taller, more skilled and mobile at ground level, and can be pretty handy in front of goal.

Also see Ricky Nixon's Club 10 at the end of this page.

Space doesn't allow for an exhaustive list of stars, but players to pay attention to include:

Eddie Betts (2015 All Australian team)
Patrick Dangerfield (2015 All Australian team)
Sam Jacobs
Rory Sloane
Brodie Smith
Taylor Walker

Dayne Beams
Josh Green
Pearce Hanley
Tom Rockliff
Dayne Zorko

Bryce Gibbs
Marc Murphy
Chris Yarran
Kade Simpson
Lachie Henderson

Travis Cloke
Jamie Elliott
Scott Pendlebury
Steele Sidebottom
Dane Swan

Brendon Goddard
Dyson Heppell
Dustin Fletcher
Michael Hurley (2015 All Australian team)
Jobe Watson

Hayden Ballantyne
Nathan Fyfe (2015 All Australian team and 2015 Brownlow Medalist)
Stephen Hill
David Mundy (2015 All Australian team)
Matthew Pavlich
Aaron Sandilands

Jimmy Bartel
Harry Taylor
Joel Selwood
Mitch Duncan
Steve Johnson

Gold Coast
Gary Ablett, Jr
Charlie Dixon
Harley Bennell
Tom Lynch
Nick Malceski
Dion Prestia

Greater Western Sydney
Jeremy Cameron
Ryan Griffen
Heath Shaw (2015 All Australian team)
Dylan Shiel
Adam Taylor
Callan Ward

Luke Bruest
Shaun Burgoyne
Luke Hodge
Jordan Lewis
Sam Mitchell (2015 All Australian team)
Jarryd Roughead
Cyril Rioli (2015 All Australian team and Grand Final Norm Smith Medalist)
Josh Gibson (2015 All Australian team)

Jeremy Howe
Nathan Jones
Tom McDonald
Cameron Pederson
Bernie Vince
Jack Watts
Jesse Hogan (2015 Rising Star winner)

North Melbourne
Michael Firrito
Todd Goldstein (2015 All Australian team)
Brent Harvey
Drew Petrie
Nick Del Santo
Jack Ziebell

Port Adelaide
Travis Boak
Robbie Gray (2015 All Australian team)
Hamish Hartlett
Patrick Ryder
Ollie Wines
Chad Wingard (2015 All Australian team)

Dustin Martin
Trent Cotchin
Brett Deliedio (2015 All Australian team)
Jack Riewoldt (2015 All Australian team)
Alex Rance (2015 All Australian team)

St Kilda
David Armitage
Sean Dempster
Leigh Montagna
Nick Riewoldt
Adam Schneider
Jack Steven

Lance 'Buddy' Franklin
Adam Goodes
Dan Hanneberry (2015 All Australian team)
Josh P Kennedy
Jarrad McVeigh
Luke Parker
Kurt Tippett

West Coast
Jack Darling
Andrew Gaff (2015 All Australian team)
Josh J Kennedy (2015 All Australian team Vice captain and Coleman medal winner)
Mark LeCras
Nic Natanui
Matt Priddis (2015 All Australian team)
Luke Shuey

Western Bulldogs
Matthew Boyd
Tom Libratore
Will Minson
Robert Murphy (2015 All Australian team Captain)
Jake Stringer (2015 All Australian team)
Eastern Wood (2015 All Australian team)

Retirements of note
Chris Judd, midfielder who had great success with West Coast Eagles and Carlton and won two Brownlow medals, mid season
Kane Cornes, from Port Adelaide at mid-season, from a famous "football" family. The Cornes are legendary in South Australia

Other notes:
Coach of the 2015 All Australian team - Alistair Clarkson (Hawthorn)

Ricky Nixon's Club 10

Ricky Nixon is a former VFL player who has became the football manager (read "agent") for many high-profile AFL players. He introduced a concept called Club 10, which featured a new marketing symbol used in product endorsements by the members. This idea had been floated for a while by the AFL, and Club 10 was formed when negotiations between the AFL and Nixon broke down. The AFL later formed its own list of 25 up-and-coming star players for similar promotions.

The original "members" of Club 10, which no longer exists were:

  • Gary Ablett Snr (Geelong)

  • Gavin Brown (Collingwood)

  • Wayne Carey (North)

  • Jason Dunstall (Hawthorn)

  • Glen Jackovich (West Coast)

  • Tony Lockett (Sydney)

  • Stewart Loewe (St Kilda)

  • Garry Lyon (Melbourne)

  • Gavin Wanganeen (Port Power)

  • Greg Williams (Carlton)

    All of these original Club 10 members are now retired, the last being Gavin Wanganeen, who retired mid-season 2006. Nixon was eventually suspended as an agent following an affair with a teenage girl.

Article last changed on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 3:09 AM EST

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