Carlton great Chris Judd has unveiled his predictions for the 2019 AFL season on Triple M.
The former Brownlow medallist is tipping Melbourne to win their first premiership since 1964 and Clayton Oliver to take out Charlie. The Demons ended a 12-year finals drought last season but lost to West Coast by 66 points in the preliminary final.
Judd does not believe Gold Coast will finish on the bottom of the ladder, instead predicting that St Kilda will win the wooden spoon.
The Saints have endured a turbulent off-season, with injury setbacks to Jack Steven (mental health), Dan Hannebery (hamstring), Dylan Roberton (heart condition), Jake Carlisle (back) and Paddy McCartin (concussion).
Judd thinks Sydney’s Buddy Franklin will bounce back from an injury-riddled end to 2018 to claim his fifth Coleman Medal at the age of 32, and like many others, likes Carlton’s Sam Walsh for the Rising Star.
Despite the Bulldogs having one of the most inexperienced teams in the league and tragically losing Dale Morris for the season with an ACL injury, Judd is backing the Luke Beveridge’s team to be the surprise package of the new season.
Judd’s 2019 season predictions
Premiership – Melbourne
Wooden spoon – St Kilda
Brownlow – Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
Coleman – Buddy Franklin (Sydney)
Rising Star – Sam Walsh (Carlton)
Surprise packet – Western Bulldogs