MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Sam Mitchell of the Hawks holds the ball as Jordan Lewis of the Hawks looks on during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL training session at Waverley Park on June 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney has listed the top four smartest footballers he ever played against, in a chat on SEN on Friday afternoon.

Cooney debuted for the Western Bulldogs in 2004 and retired with Essendon in 2016, playing 250 games across a decorated career.

The midfielder played against some greats of the game, and here are the smartest footballers he came across.


4. Brian Lake

“Football IQ of the highest order. Wasn’t fit, didn’t train hard and didn’t really do weights but read the ball just about better than anyone off the boot.”