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 22.
Blakey booted a goal and picked up 17 disposals in the win over Melbourne on Friday night in another strong performance by the young forward.
Hind’s pace and forward craft was on full display against Carlton, kicking two goals and bursting from stoppages regularly.
Atkins finished with 15 disposals and 11 tackles in the loss to Brisbane, providing forward pressure and plenty of spark for the Cats.
Finishing with 21 disposals in the win over Adelaide, Noble has looked strong playing across half back for the Pies, providing plenty of speed.
Rozee was one of a few Port players who left Marvel Stadium holding his head high, finishing with 17 disposals and a goal.
On debut, Zerk-Thatcher showed why the Bombers have been so impressed with him as a key defender at VFL level. He remains a long-term prospect for the club.
Rotham has slotted nicely into West Coast’s backline whenever he has been called upon. The defender took seven marks in the loss to Richmond.
Smith has had a brilliant 2019 and is finishing strongly. He gathered 15 disposals and booted a nice goal in the win over GWS.
In just his second game of footy, Jiath impressed in the win over Gold Coast. He finished with 18 disposals and four marks on Sunday afternoon.