SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28: Lance Franklin of the Swans looks upfield during the round 15 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Sydney Cricket Ground on June 28, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Wayne Carey has revealed the top five big forwards he thinks will be the most important in season 2016.

Carey said he believes Lance Franklins is still the No.1 forward in the game.

“He is ready to burst. No doubt,” Carey said on Triple M’s Dead Set Legends.

“Apparently he’s had an exceptional pre-season which I think you have to have if you have a big year. Given what he’s gone through in the last 12 months and given what he’s been holding back, now that he’s addressed those things, he’s come back, he’s refreshed, I think he’s going to have a massive year for Sydney. I still think he’s the No.1 forward in the game.”

The former North Melbourne champion also gave honourable mentions to Geelong’s Tom Hawkins and Hawthorn’s Jarryd Roughead.

However, Carey opted to restrict his list to players from teams that he believes are likely to play finals this season.

5. Jeremy Cameron (GWS) 

4. Taylor Walker (Adelaide) 

3. Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) 

2. Josh Kennedy (West Coast) 

1. Lance Franklin (Sydney) 


  1. What a crock this was. He said he left out anyone he thought would not make the finals or would not contribute to his team making finals. Then said he left out someone (can’t remember who) because he is a stay at home full forward.
    His many rules do you want Ya flog. Just name the top five, ten or whatever and be done with it.

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