Veteran AFL journalist Mike Sheahan believes Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English could be the best player of the next decade.
English has just signed a contract extension with the Bulldogs, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2022.
The 21-year-old has played 21 games for the Dogs and has impressed with his ability to shoulder the ruck load and demonstrate athleticism while doing so.
Sheahan says English has the attributes to be a great player.
“I think he’s Brodie Grundy two years away,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“I love this kid’s skill. He’s not strong enough in the ruck contest but his hands are great, he’s a good thinker, he uses the ball well, I reckon he’s going to be a star.”
Host Jack Heverin elected to go with a couple of emerging forwards for his player of the next decade.
“I had two, I can’t split them; Eric Hipwood and Nick Blakey,” he said.
“They are prototypes of what a modern forward’s going to look like.
“We saw him (Hipwood) against Melbourne, he can tear a game apart.
“He destroyed Melbourne in that third quarter.”