AFL Rd 2 - Brisbane v Fremantle
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: Lachie Neale of the Lions takes a mark during the round 2 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Fremantle Dockers at The Gabba on June 13, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney has named his top five players from the 2020 season on SEN.

We’re currently four rounds into one of the strangest seasons ever witnessed, with the competition resuming from its three-month shutdown last month.

Some of the quirky features of this highly unorthodox season include shorter quarters, less games and no crowds at matches.

Cooney listed Port Adelaide spearhead Charlie Dixon at number five – who leads the Coleman Medal with 11 goals. The Power sit at the top of the ladder through four rounds at 4-0.

“He’s one of the main reasons why Port Adelaide sit undefeated on top of the AFL ladder,” Cooney said on SEN. 

Carlton co-captain Sam Docherty comes in fourth in his sensational return from a two-year hiatus from the game after suffering ACL injuries in 2018 and 2019.

Docherty has averaged 26.2 disposals and 7.5 per game and leads the league in meters gained and rebound 50s as the Blues’ general in defence.

Cooney listed Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury as his third best player this season, who has averaged 27.0 disposals per game and led the club’s dominant midfield.

Gold Coast rookie sensation Matt Rowell comes in second, enjoying arguably the best opening four-game stretch to a career in the history of the game.

The No. 1 pick has averaged 21.2 disposals, 6.5 tackles and 1.5 goals per game to jolt into Brownlow Medal contention.

Cooney’s best player this season is Brisbane Lions star Lachie Neale, who is accumulating numbers that would even be impressive in normal-length games.

Neale has averaged 29.5 disposals, 5.5 tackles and 1.2 goals per game and leads the league in contested possessions for the third-placed Lions.

“He should be equal Coleman leader. He’s kicked five goals this year and had six cracks to get to it on the weekend.”

Cooney’s top five players so far in 2020

  1. Lachie Neale (Brisbane)
  2. Matt Rowell (Gold Coast Suns)
  3. Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
  4. Sam Docherty (Carlton)
  5. Charlie Dixon (Port Adelaide)