Brownlow medalist Adam Cooney has tried his hand at predicting which player will be the best in the AFL in 12 months time.
Nat Fyfe will enter 2020 on the back of winning his second Brownlow medal, while Dustin Martin will try to lead his Tigers to another flag, after winning his second Norm Smith medal in September.
However, neither of those superstars will be at the game’s peak next year, with Cooney suggesting Carlton’s Patrick Cripps will be in a league of his own this time next year.
“The number one player in the AFL by the end of 2020, it’s tough to go past Patrick Cripps,” Cooney said on SEN Summer Breakfast.
“He’d be in the top few at the moment and doesn’t have too far to rise. He’s just about there.”
Cripps is a two-time All-Australian and has three best and fairest awards at the Blues, and is just 24 years of age.
The midfielder has career averages of 26.2 disposals, 7.5 clearances, 5.9 tackles and 3.0 inside 50s per game.