Dustin Martin of Richmond runs with the ball.
Dustin Martin of Richmond runs with the ball.

Footy’s most surprising elite player

Be honest. Would you recognise Trent Dumont if he walked into the room right now?

The tough midfielder has played 61 games for the Kangaroos, including 22 last season, finishing equal-fifth in North Melbourne's best-and-fairest. But he remains largely anonymous outside Arden St, selected in just 526 of almost 200,000 SuperCoach teams - statistically 0 per cent.

He's also the fifth-best wingman in the AFL, according to Champion Data.

FULL LIST: SCROLL DOWN TO SEE WHO MAKES THE ELITE CLUB

 

The rankings are based on stats from the past two seasons, with most weight given to recent form.

Also in the elite category are Bombers Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Adam Saad, Collingwood defender Jack Crisp, West Coast's Tom Barrass and Bulldog Matthew Suckling.

But there is no Tom Mitchell, Patrick Cripps or Joel Selwood, who miss out in a crowded midfield.

Based on Champion Data's rankings, the wing will be a major strength for the Roos next season with trade arrivals Aaron Hall and Jared Polec also ranked in the top five, while Majak Daw is rated elite as a key defender.

In all, North Melbourne has five elite players, second only to Richmond and Adelaide with six each.

At the other end of table, the table isn't good reading for Port Adelaide fans, with Robbie Gray the Power's only elite player.

Gold Coast is the only team without an elite player on its list.

 

 

 

ELITE PLAYERS

ADELAIDE

Rory Sloane, Rory Laird, Brodie Smith, Eddie Betts, Tom Lynch, Paul Seedsman

BRISBANE LIONS

Dayne Zorko, Lachie Neale, Harris Andrews, Daniel Rich

CARLTON

Kade Simpson

COLLINGWOOD

Brodie Grundy, Jack Crisp, Jeremy Howe, Jordan De Goey

ESSENDON

Orazio Fantasia, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Adam Saad

FREMANTLE

Nat Fyfe, David Mundy

GEELONG

Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins, Sam Menegola

GWS GIANTS

Zac Williams, Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield, Toby Greene, Phil Davis

HAWTHORN

Jack Gunston, Luke Breust, James Sicily

MELBOURNE

Clayton Oliver, Max Gawn, Tom McDonald, Jake Lever

NORTH MELBOURNE

Ben Cunnington, Majak Daw, Jared Polec, Aaron Hall, Trent Dumont

PORT ADELAIDE

Robbie Gray

RICHMOND

Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance, Shane Edwards, Kane Lambert, Josh Caddy

ST KILDA

Jade Gresham

SYDNEY

Lance Franklin, Jake Lloyd

WEST COAST

Jeremy McGovern, Nic Naitanui, Josh Kennedy, Shannon Hurn, Tom Barrass

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Matthew Suckling, Lachie Hunter

 

 

 

TOP 10 IN EACH POSITION

MIDFIELDERS

1. Dustin Martin

2. Nat Fyfe

3. Clayton Oliver

4. Dayne Zorko

5. Lachie Neale

6. Rory Sloane

7. Ben Cunnington

8. Callan Ward

9. Patrick Cripps

10. Marcus Bontempelli

KEY FORWARDS

1. Lance Franklin

2. Jack Riewoldt

3. Tom Hawkins

4. Jack Gunston

5. Tom McDonald

6. Josh J Kennedy

7. Jarryd Roughead

8. Justin Westhoff

9. Ben Brown

10. Taylor Walker

 

 

Essendon’s Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is rated elite as a general forward.
Essendon’s Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is rated elite as a general forward.

 

MID-FORWARDS

1. Patrick Dangerfield

2. Shane Edwards

3. Sam Menegola

4. Robbie Gray

5. David Mundy

6. Mitch Wallis

7. Michael Walters

8. Isaac Heeney

9. Chad Wingard

10. Mitch Robinson

GENERAL FORWARDS

1. Luke Breust

2. Orazio Fantasia

3. Kane Lambert

4. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti

5. Eddie Betts

6. Jordan De Goey

7. Josh Caddy

8. Tom Lynch

9. Toby Greene

10. Jade Gresham

WINGMEN

1. Lachie Hunter

2. Paul Seedsman

3. Jared Polec

4. Aaron Hall

5. Trent Dumont

6. Sam Lloyd

7. Jack Sinclair

8. David Zaharakis

9. Andrew Gaff

10. Tom Phillips

KEY DEFENDERS

1. Jeremy McGovern

2. Harris Andrews

3. Alex Rance

4. Majak Daw

5. Jake Lever

6. Tom Barrass

7. Phil Davis

8. Liam Jones

9. Lachie Henderson

10. Dougal Howard

 

Majak Daw was reinvented as a key defender. Picture: Michael Klein
Majak Daw was reinvented as a key defender. Picture: Michael Klein

 

Brodie Grundy edges out Max Gawn as the game’s No.1 ruckman.
Brodie Grundy edges out Max Gawn as the game’s No.1 ruckman.

 

RUCKMEN

1. Brodie Grundy

2. Max Gawn

3. Nic Naitanui

4. Paddy Ryder

5. Ben McEvoy

6. Todd Goldstein

7. Aaron Sandilands

8. Toby Nankervis

9. Stefan Martin

10. Zac Smith

GENERAL DEFENDERS

1. Jack Crisp

2. Zac Williams

3. Jeremy Howe

4. Rory Laird

5. Brodie Smith

6. Matthew Suckling

7. Kade Simpson

8. Shannon Hurn

9. Jake Lloyd

10. James Sicily