AFL players have voted Richmond’s Dustin Martin as the premier player in the competition in a poll conducted by Channel Seven.
Martin led all votegetters at 23 per cent despite the star Tiger coming off a much quieter season compared to his phenomenal 2017 campaign.
The 27-year old averaged 25.4 disposals per game and booted 31 goals for the season, earning his third-straight All-Australian jersey.
Sydney’s Buddy Franklin received the second most votes at 17 per cent, who received his eighth All-Australian honour last season after kicking 57 goals.
Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield (11 per cent) and Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe (9 per cent) sit third and fourth in the player’s vote, with Carlton’s Patrick Cripps (4 per cent) rounding out the top five.
Melbourne’s Max Gawn received only 3 per cent of votes despite being widely considered one of the league’s premier players. Last year’s Brownlow medallist, Tom Mitchell, only received two per cent of votes.
The poll was ran across a pool of 180 players.
Who is the best player in the AFL? (as voted by the players)
Dustin Martin (Richmond) – 23%
Buddy Franklin (Sydney) – 17%
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) – 11%
Nat Fyfe (Fremantle) – 9%
Patrick Cripps (Carlton) – 4%
Jeremy McGovern (West Coast) – 3%
Max Gawn (Melbourne) – 3%
Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood) – 2%
Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide) – 2%
Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn) – 2%
Other – 24%