However, Matthew Lloyd – despite praise for the Lion – still believes a Tiger is on top of the best key defenders in the game list… and not the one you might expect.
Dylan Grimes has been held up the Tigers’ backline and been a pillar of strength for the Tigers in their premiership push. Lloyd after speaking to Sam Mitchell on Sportsday radio talked about his top seven and how Mitchell was in awe of young Andrews.
“I was chatting to Sam Mitchell about football and he said if I could build a team around one player, it would be Harris Andrews from the Brisbane Lions,” Lloyd said.
“He just absolutely loves him. (Andrews’) teammate Marcus Adams said playing with him has been brilliant and he thinks Andrews is the best defender in the competition.
“It made me think about the current key position defenders and who I would take and do I agree with him.
“I’m not including Alex Rance because he’s not playing.”
No surprise with multiple Essendon players making the list with Lloyd being a Bombers great, however, his choice of Grimes will please Tiger fans with star man Alex Rance to return in 2020.
The Tigers face the Lions this weekend where the defences of Harris Andrews and Dylan Grimes will be tested.
Lloyd’s top seven key defenders in the AFL