AFL great Eddie Betts has joined the 2023 All-Australian selection panel, bringing with him 350 games of experience to a star-studded committee.
Betts, who is a three-time All-Australian, had a spectacular career starting with Carlton and then Adelaide Crows, before finishing his decorated career with the former.
In his career, Betts won 'Goal of the Year' four times and was the leading club goalkicker twice for Carlton and four times for Adelaide. He also made a grand final appearance with the Crows in 2017.
Newly appointedAFL CEO Andrew Dillon spoke of Betts's selection, highlighting the former forward's impact on the game.
“Eddie's career record speaks for itself. He is one of the most skilled and accomplished players of the modern era, we are delighted to have someone of his experience and values contributing to the selection of the best players in the competition,” Dillon said.
“Eddie's first point of business as a committee member has been, as a four-time winner, to announce himself as the Chairperson for the Goal of the Year panel!"
Betts has also shared his excitement, looking forward to acknowledge and honour the game's best.
“Footy continues to be a passion of mine, I am enjoying my time in the media with Fox Footy and I am excited to join the committee and play a part in selecting the best of the best for season 2023," Betts said.
“I want to recognise and celebrate the great players and great moments of our game.
“There are some big name players on the committee but it's nice to know I have them covered in goal of the year credentials.”
Betts's addition to the panel comes after Chris Johnson stepped away from the panel to pursue passions in the business sector.
The current All-Australian panel currently consists of: Gillon McLachlan (chairperson), Kevin Bartlett, Eddie Betts, Jude Bolton, Nathan Buckley, Kane Cornes, Andrew Dillon, Glen Jakovich, Laura Kane, Cameron Ling and Matthew Pavlich.