The MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year votes from Round 23 are in! The AFL Nation team will nominate their best young player from each game over the course of the 2018 AFL season.
We define a rookie as someone that has played under 30 games at the start of the 2018 AFL Season. The player with the most nominations/votes at the end of the season will be crowned the MEGT Rookie of the Year.
Aaron Francis (ESS)
Aaron Francis has been one of the breakout players of the back half of 2018. He’s quickly become an intercept marking machine who can hit targets coming out of the backline.
Tim Kelly (GEE)
Kelly put a cherry on top of his season, sealing the MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year award with a fantastic performance in Geelong’s win over Gold Coast.
Billy Gowers (WBD)
Gowers also capped off a brilliant return to footy, kicking three goals as the Dogs nearly upset the Tigers. He’s taken his second chance and flourished as a forward.
Brayden Sier (COL)
Sier has quickly become a key component in Collingwood’s midfield. He’s averaged 19 disposals across eight games and usually sets up a goal per game.
Jordan Gallucci (ADE)
Gallucci showed a sign of his potential on Saturday night, providing run and carry in the midfield and dominating at half forward. He kicked four goals on Carlton and will take plenty of momentum into 2019.
James Worpel (HAW)
Worpel is another player who’s slotted into the Hawthorn line-up and thrived. He’s stood up in big moments over the last few weeks and he gathered 23 disposals in the win over Sydney.
Zac Bailey (BRI)
Bailey had another excellent performance on the weekend for the Lions, kicking two goals and gathering 20 disposals. The 18-year-old will be a player to watch.
Zac Langdon (GWS)
The mature age selection has found a place in the injury-depleted GWS side this year as a half forward. He kicked a goal in their loss to Melbourne on the weekend.
Paul Ahern (NTH)
Ahern’s comeback story has been one of the highlights of 2018 and while he’s been in and out of the side, he takes full advantage of his opportunities, winning plenty of the ball.
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