20- Ben Keays (Adelaide Crows)
Keays was an important part of the Crows team in season 2021 and could consider himself unlucky not to be a part of the AFL All Australian squad of 40.
19- Nick Haynes (GWS Giants)
Haynes was a player that was an imperative part of their team and the manner in which they played.
18- Harry Himmelberg (GWS Giants)
Himmelberg became a focal point for the Giants team, as Jeremy Cameron was traded to the Cats in the off season. Interestingly, Himmelberg kept Jake Riccardi and Jeremy Finlayson out of the team as he was so consistent.
17- Jordan Ridley (Essendon)
Ridley played extremely well and was a pivotal part of Essendon’s late season resurgence where they managed to make the finals!
16- Harris Andrews (Brisbane Lions)
Andrews was a pivotal part of the Lions defence and was arguably the Lions most important defender.
15- Jack Crisp (Collingwood)
Crisp had the most Brownlow votes of any player in the Collingwood team in season 2021, as he polled 11 votes. He was a player that’s versatile, he spent plenty of time in the midfield, despite being a defender.
14- Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
Papley showed that he was a match winner with many a pivotal display for the Swans in season 2021. He was named in the forward pocket in the AFL All Australian team.
13- Josh Bruce (Western Bulldogs)
Bruce was a pivotal part of the Bulldogs team as he was an important part of their structure and he could hit the scoreboard. There’s no doubt that he could consider him unlucky at not being selected in the AFL All Australian squad of 40.
12- Nick Larkey (North Melbourne)
Larkey had an outstanding season in 2021. He was arguably the most important player for North Melbourne as he was an imperative part of their structure.
11- Clayton Oliver (Melbourne Demons)
Oliver had an extremely consistent season in 2021. It’s difficult to envisage how the Demons would’ve gone without him as he was so important to them.