Hawks legend Dermott Brereton has made his predictions for the upcoming season, listing the Eagles as the eventual premiers over the Tigers in 2020.
Brereton, who left out his former club in the top eight, tipped the Giants, Magpies, Power, Bulldogs, Lions and Cats to join the last two premiers in September.
“Logic would suggest Richmond, but it’s just so hard to win two in a row albeit they’re very difficult to win three out of four,” Brereton told SEN SA’s Kymbo and the Rooch.
“I’ll say West Coast to beat Richmond.”
Brereton named Carlton star Patrick Cripps as this year’s Brownlow winner, with the Blues set to improve on last year’s campaign that saw Cripps poll 26 votes and finish equal-third with Lions star Lachie Neale.
“I think Carlton will bank a few more games this year than they did last year and he still did poll three-voters in some losing games, but I think he can get some more three-voters in two or three more games that they might win this year so I’ll go for Cripps,” he said.
No.1 overall draft selection Matt Rowell has been heavily touted as the best chance to claim the Rising Star award, while Brereton believes GWS midfielder Tom Green will have just as strong as a run in the award.
“He’s just been drafted and if you pixelated his face, you’d say he looks 25. He just looks like he is ready to go now,” he said.
Towards the bottom end of the ladder, Brereton listed Adelaide and Sydney to fall the most in 2020.
“It’ll be between the Swans and the Crows (as the biggest slider). I think they’ll probably be thereabouts with each other,” he said.