Former St Kilda and North Melbourne midfielder Nick Dal Santo has named his top 10 key forwards in the AFL ahead of Saturday grand final.
The three-time All-Australian has named his list as of the end of the 2018 season, meaning Essendon star Joe Daniher isn’t named given he played just the seven matches for the year.
Dal Santo also left out another big name, with Carlton’s Charlie Curnow missing out on selection in his top 10.
“Key forwards, so you’ve got to be big so no Jordan De Goey, no Jack Gunston – I’m talking the big boys,” Dal Santo told SEN Afternoons.
“I’ve got Lance Franklin, Jack Riewoldt, Ben Brown, Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, Tom Hawkins, Charlie Dixon, Jeremy Cameron, Tom Lynch and Tom McDonald.
“That’s 10, but I’ve also got Joe Daniher and Charlie Curnow just below.”
With Jesse Hogan’s future in the air following interest from Fremantle, Dal Santo believes he isn’t inside the top key forwards in the league, and suggests the Dees should make the trade if it helps them land Gold Coast co-captain Steven May.
“I think their backline needs a lot of support. If they back in Sam Weideman and you’ve got Tom McDonald still there, I’d almost (trade Hogan if it meant getting May),” Dal Santo added.
“Is (Hogan) in the top 10 key forwards in the league? Not at this stage.
“He’s highly talented, but what I did like was when he went out of the team, they were still able to progress going forward.
“You’d have Steven May, Jake Lever and Sam Frost with Oscar McDonald as your back up in defence.”