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Ranking the six most underrated players in the AFL


The topic of underrated players often bobs up as a fiercely debated discussion point.

There are those who fly under the radar and are not spoken about in media circles as often as the superstars of the game, but arguably do just as good a job.

Players who do the little things well, perhaps without the pomp and ceremony of the game’s ‘best’, are the ones that are the foundation of a successful side.

On SEN Breakfast, Garry Lyon and Tim Watson highlighted those sorts of footballers which invited nominations from the listeners. Of those nominated players, rankings were made.

“How the list came about is we started talking about underrated players,” Lyon said.

“We got a couple of hundred messages and they were the six names that came out most.

“That’s why we put them down. So we’re not ignoring someone else.

“Lists are great because they illicit unbelievable responses. We’re not qualifying our list by the way.

“Someone said, ‘How good would Shuey be without Gaff and Yeo?’. They are the six players, they’re the ones that you people out there nominated.”

The six nominations
Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
Jarryd Lyons (Brisbane)
Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne)
Shane Edwards (Richmond)
Luke Parker (Sydney)
Luke Shuey (West Coast)

Watson’s ranking

  1. Cunnington
  2. Parker
  3. Shuey
  4. Edwards
  5. Sloane
  6. Lyons

Lyon’s ranking

  1. Shuey
  2. Edwards
  3. Parker
  4. Cunnington
  5. Sloane
  6. Lyons

Some other names nominated:
Ed Curnow (Carlton)
Zach Merrett (Essendon)
David Mundy (Fremantle
Michael Walters (Fremantle)
Mitch Duncan (Geelong)
Callan Ward (GWS)
Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
Christian Salem (Melbourne)
Nick Vlastuin (Richmond)
Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
Elliot Yeo (West Coast)
Tom Liberatore (Western Bulldogs)
Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs)

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