Who are the AFL's greatest rookie-listed players?

SEN - Thu, 23rd May 2019 - 0 Comments

Former Essendon captain Tim Watson has named his greatest AFL players to have come off the rookie list.

It comes following the retirement of Sydney premiership defender Heath Grundy after a stellar 256-game career – the most by a Swans rookie.

Grundy was selected with pick No.42 in the 2005 rookie draft from SANFL club Norwood after being overlooked in the National Draft, despite being an Under 18 All-Australian in 2004.

Watson paid tribute to the retired Swan before reeling off some of the game’s greatest rookie-listed players.

“There’s been some mighty fine rookie players over a long period of time,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.

“He (Grundy) is a guy who came into the game as a forward and was then turned into a defender.

“Teddy Richards went up there as a forward and they looked at him straight away and said: ‘No, we have identified you to play as a defensive player’ … they did exactly the same with Heath Grundy.

“You talk about the great rookie players over time: Dean Cox, Stephen Milne, Brett Kirk, Matthew Boyd, Brad Sewell, Aaron Sandilands, Dale Morris, Matt Priddis, Shane Mumford.

“There’s been a lot of great successes as a result of players being rookied over a long period of time.”

Listen to Thursday morning’s edition of SEN Breakfast with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson in the player below