MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Joel Selwood of the Cats runs with the ball next to teammate Patrick Dangerfield during the round 21 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

2016 Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield has compiled a list of each club’s most important and valuable player.

The Geelong midfielder said his choices were made based on which players are the most valuable to each side, and not necessarily just the best player on each team.

Here are all Dangerfield’s selections, and the full article can be viewed here.


Davis is as integral to the Giants backline as Alex Rance is to Richmond. He takes the best forward, is their general across halfback and if they lost him, structurally there is really no-one else.


He can play forward and he can play in the ruck but his ground level ability around the ball sets him apart because his follow-up work is quick and very effective.


PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 11: Josh Jenkins of the Crows celebrates a goal during the round 12 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at Domain Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

He kicked 65 goals last year and his ability to offer ruck support for Sam Jacobs is crucial to Adelaide. He just doesn’t sit in the goalsquare the whole game, he works up and down the ground.

DALE MORRIS (Bulldogs)

Dale Morris is an absolute luxury for the Bulldogs, particularly given his age. They’re a very balanced team with good depth, but take Morris out and things suddenly don’t look as healthy.


I think football needs people such as Watson — as an industry and Essendon as a football club. He’s like Rory Sloane in many ways with this sheer want and determination to succeed.


He is a once-in-a-generation defender, he’s that good. He was like a brick wall [when we played them last year] with his ability to intercept mark, nullify his direct opponent, influence others and influence his team.


GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 11: Gary Ablett of the Suns reacts during the round two AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the St Kilda Saints at Metricon Stadium on April 11, 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The rules apply to a lot of people when it comes to slowing down with age, not sure that applies with Gaz. I think he will use all the doubters to prove how good he is this year and I think very early on in the season we’ll be reminded why he is rated as one of the all-time greats.

BEN REID (Magpies)

Injuries have been cruel but last year we finally saw him get some continuity and instantly Collingwood were a better team. I’m a big, big fan.


This is from a mental perspective as much as physical. He just has this aura about him, a presence, and as a St Kilda player you would pump your chest out when he is there.


They have a very good midfield that is clearly one of the best in the game but Buddy is the heartbeat of the side. Without him the Swans are a completely different outfit.

MAX GAWN (Demons)

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 09: Max Gawn of the Demons throws the ball back to an Eagles player during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium on March 9, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Jesse Hogan long-term might be the man here but Gawn had an amazing year. He won games off his own boot and not too many ruckmen do that. I also like his swagger and the fact he does things a bit differently.


Fyfe is a Brownlow Medallist for a reason — he’s great in the air, he’s great around stoppages and really not much more needs to be said.


They have to deal without Nic Naitanui, but if they lost Kennedy it would change their whole dynamic. While it might make them more unpredictable, the Coleman medallist is irreplaceable.


I think he does what he needs during the season and then when it comes to the business end of the year, he shaves that ugly goatee moustache and says “let’s get rolling”.


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 23: Robbie Tarrant of the Kangaroos in action during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session at Arden Street on December 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

If you’d asked anyone 12 months ago about Tarrant winning the best and fairest they would have laughed. He had a wonderful season and his importance to the Roos grows by the week.


His influence over how they play is so telling and it’s been sad that injuries have limited him in recent years.


But the elevation of Beams to the captaincy is a statement from the new coach and if the classy midfielder can stay injury-free then the Lions are significantly better straight away.


His sheer will to win is infectious. Just to see up close how hard he hits packs and tackles is frightening. This year he will play his 250th game so to play the way he does for that long is something truly special.