The MEGT Australia 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 3.
Charlie Constable (Geelong)
Constable rises to the top of the AFL MEGT Rookie of the Year leaderboard with his third consecutive nomination. The inside midfielder gathered 23 disposals and kicked a goal in his side’s win over Adelaide.
Jay Lockhart (Melbourne)
Lockhart performed admirably in his second game of footy, kicking two goals and gathering 14 disposals in the loss to Essendon. He has been one of the few shining lights for the Demons.
Sam Walsh (Carlton)
Walsh continues to impress with his ability to win the ball, run all day and win clearances. He was particularly good against Sydney, finishing with 28 disposals, his first AFL goal and eight clearances.
Sydney Stack (Richmond)
On debut, Sydney Stack proved teams made a mistake overlooking him in the draft. Stack looked composed with the footy, gathering 17 disposals at 82 per cent disposal efficiency. He also took eight marks and had three rebound 50s.
Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide)
Rozee was the star of the weekend, kicking five goals in just his third game. Port couldn’t get over the line against Brisbane, but Rozee was brilliant, with his 21 touches, seven marks and scoreboard dominance.
Josh Rotham (West Coast)
West Coast has found another likely type down back in Josh Rotham. He seemed comfortable in that Eagles backline and despite only picking up nine disposals, showed he can play a role for them going forward.
Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs)
Smith had his best game for the club so far, finding more space on his way to 21 disposals and six marks. In what is a deep Bulldogs midfield, Smith hasn’t been asked to do too much just yet.
Bailey Scott (North Melbourne)
Scott continues to look like a ready-made footballer for North Melbourne, kicking a goal in the side’s loss to Hawthorn on Sunday afternoon. He gathered 12 disposals at 83 per cent disposal efficiency and had five score involvements.
Callum Wilkie (St Kilda)
The mature-age rookie pick up has now played all three games for St Kilda as an intercept defender. Wilkie gathered 12 disposals and took four marks in the side’s loss to Fremantle on Sunday.