Brodie Grundy was an All-Australian in 2018, but has seemingly gone to another level entirely in 2019.
His performance in Friday night’s win over Sydney was dominant, winning 64 hit-outs, 18 disposals, eight tackles, seven clearances, six score involvements, five marks and a goal assist.
Former Port Adelaide midfielder Kane Cornes is ready to label the Pies giant the best player in the AFL.
“He knows he can dominate and it’s not just the ruck contest, I think the new rules have been terrific for him, he can now grab it out of the air with no consequences,” Cornes told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“He’s stronger than everyone else, but it’s more than just that, it’s the way he covers the ground.
“You watch him and he genuinely has the running capacity of a midfielder. He’s got repeat speed, he’s got power, he’s got endurance and he’s unstoppable.
“Max Gawn last year just shaded him as the best ruckman in the competition I thought, you almost go as far as to say Grundy is the most dominant player in the game right now.
“Who is having as big an influence as Grundy for their team this year?”
Former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy broke down the psychological dominance Grundy has.
“It’s a dominance that deflates the opposition too,” he said.
“You saw on the telecast, Callum Sinclair coming to the bench, he was clearly frustrated and John Longmire was visibily frustrated.
“You spend all week trying to work out how you’re going to negate Grundy and then he just destroys you. He destroyed Sydney last night.”