MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies and Max Gawn of the Demons compete in the ruck during the round 12 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 11, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Hawthorn premiership player Campbell Brown has declared that rising Magpie Brodie Grundy has surpassed Demons star Max Gawn as the best ruckman in the competition.

The discussion surrounding who should be the All-Australian ruckman has been an ongoing debate, with both players enjoying stellar seasons.

But according to Brown, Grundy’s last month has put him a class above.

“I think Grundy’s gone past Max Gawn as the best ruckman in the competition,” Brown told SEN’s The Sunday Recovery.

“Those two were level-pegging for most of the year, then Maxy just burst away with a really good couple of weeks, but Max Gawn’s last month has been down and Grundy’s has been brilliant.

“He was probably the best player on the ground yesterday.”

Brown added that Collingwood veteran Chris Mayne deserves appraisal for reinvigorating his career on the wing this season.

“Chris Mayne, let’s just applaud him a little bit,” Brown said.

“This has been his best and most consistent year since probably 2013 when he played a pretty important role in getting Fremantle to the Grand Final.

“He’s just reinvented himself as a winger. It’s outstanding to see.

“Buckley’s done a great job and Collingwood has defied their injury list.”

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