The MEGT Rookie of the Year race is back for the 2019 season, where our AFL Nation experts will pick the first-year players or those on debut who impressed us during the previous round of footy.
Here are the nominees for Round 1.
The number one pick in the 2018 National Draft, looked at home on debut for Carlton against Richmond. Walsh picked up 24 disposals, took six marks and won four clearances.
The inside midfielder was impressive on debut for the Cats, picking up 21 disposals, laying three tackles and winning three clearances. Geelong trusting him in the coal face allows them to be more flexible with the likes of Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood.
Port Adelaide has found a gem in Connor Rozee who had a strong performance on debut. He gathered 18 disposals in the win over Melbourne and showed a touch of class. He also laid five tackles and put the ball inside 50 three times.
Jones picked up nine disposals and laid four tackles on debut for the Crows. He kicked a goal and showed enough to warrant his selection in the deep Adelaide midfielder.
Blakey didn’t set the world on fire on debut, but did manage to kick his first goal and set up a crucial one later on. The highly talented forward is expected to spend time further up the ground this year as he develops his forward craft.
Parker provided plenty of spark up forward for the Saints and was dangerous whenever he went near the ball in the club’s win over Gold Coast. He kicked two goals and picked up 17 disposals and was vital to the win.
North Melbourne had a shocking afternoon in Perth, but Bailey Scott’s performance would have them incredibly excited. Scott picked up 21 disposals including 10 in the first quarter and was a shining light for the team.
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