SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Joe Daniher of the Bombers celebrates after kicking a goal during the AFL Second Elimination Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at Sydney Cricket Ground on September 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/AFL Media/Getty Images)

2008 Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney has named his top five players in the AFL in three years time on 1116 SEN.

Cooney’s list features two midfielders, two key forwards and a medium forward.

Only two of the five players are from Victorian clubs, showcasing the elite potential talent developing outside of Victoria.


5. Eric Hipwood

The Brisbane forward is just 20 years of age, although he’s been able to showcase his talent over his 30-game career.

Hipwood averages 8.9 disposals, 3.0 marks and 1.4 goals per game over his career, but Cooney believes he’s got the attributes to become one of the game’s best.

“I think he is a Buddy Franklin prototype in terms of his height and marking ability,” Cooney said.

“He might even have better hands than Buddy at a young age. Just the way he wheels around on his left foot and bombs them from 55-60 metres, he has massive potential.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 16: Eric Hipwood of the Lions gestures during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)