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Who has been the best first year player?

  • Who has been the best first year player?

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22: Jade Gresham of the Saints chats to Darcy Parish of the Bombers during the 2016 AFL Round 09 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The 2016 AFL season has showcased plenty of young talent, but one name stands out among the rest.

From rookie to cult hero in less than a season, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is currently ranked as the best first year player, according to the Schick AFL Player ratings.

McDonald-Tipungwuti has enjoyed a terrific season off the back flank, averaging 16 disposals, four marks and three tackles a game.

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His disposal efficiency numbers and kick to handball ratio have also been impressive.

"Walla" as he is colloquially known, is joined by fellow Bomber youngster Darcy Parish in the top five best first year players. 

Sydney's Callum Mills, Carlton's Jacob Weitering and St Kilda's Jade Gresham round out the rest of the top five.

The top 10 ranking first year players, according to the AFL Ratings, are listed as follows:

1. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
2. Callum Mills (Sydney)
3. Darcy Parish (Essendon)
4. Jacob Weitering (Carlton)
5. Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
6. Marcus Adams (Western Bulldogs)
7. Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
8. Josh Wagner (Melbourne)
9. Josh Smith (Collingwood)
10. Tom Papley (Sydney)


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