Former North Melbourne great Brent Harvey believes the Brownlow Medal is down to a two-horse race between star midfielders Tom Mitchell and Andrew Gaff.
“Tom Mitchell vs Andrew Gaff…whoever plays the best football in the next four weeks wins the Brownlow Medal,” Harvey told SEN Afternoons.
“There are only two blokes who can win it for me.”
The Hawks ball magnet is averaging 36.3 disposals per game this season, including 10 games with 40 touches or more and twice eclipsing the 50 mark.
“Mitchell probably deservers it,” Harvey declared.
“I don’t see how you can have 40-plus possessions, as good or as bad as people say they are, I don’t see how you can have 40 possessions and not get a vote.”
The AFL games record holder added that Gaff will be the predominant Eagle receiving votes, which vastly increases his chances of winning the count.
“Who’s taking votes off Gaff at West Coast?” he said.
“(Luke) Shuey is the one that springs to mind, but hasn’t had a great year and been injured.
“(Josh) Kennedy hasn’t kicked bags like he has in the past. Jeremy McGovern nope. (Jack) Darling needs to kick six or sevens.
“Their midfield is very even in (Chris) Masten and (Jack) Redden and these type of guys.
“There is no one.
“Every time they win, Gaff has 30-plus.
“Gaff has 33 every time and has 27 kicks, he is the only outside mid that just kicks the ball consistently.”
Gaff is averaging 30.6 disposals this season for the second-placed Eagles.