Bombers great Matthew Lloyd has appeared on Sportsday Radio to deliver his verdict on the seven cleanest users of the ball in the AFL.
Not stopping there, however, he went on to claim the dynamic forward was the very best he’d ever seen play in terms of disposal usage.
“He’s cleaner than any player I’ve ever seen in my life,” Lloyd remarkably claimed.
“Number one, probably the cleanest the game has ever seen.”
Ablett became an all-time great through mercurial feats of both skill and strength through the midfield as well as in seemingly impossible positions around stoppages and on the boundary line, but was down on his usual slick efficiency with only 52% of his 19 disposals hitting the mark in the Cats’ win over Adelaide Friday night.
Ranked second in Lloyd’s list was Pies skipper Scott Pendlebury, who the three-time Coleman Medal winner added: “plays a bit of basketball on the football field.”
Pendlebury held his end up on a miserable night for the Pies in crashing to their lowest score in 24 years, picking up 23 of 32 effective disposals despite the heavy defeat to North Melbourne.
Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli was third, and Lloyd praised the inside midfielder for playing “a dry game” when “everyone else was playing a wet game” in the Dogs’ win over Port amidst dreary Adelaide weather.
Lloyd wasn’t alone in his assessment either.
He had a dry ball & everyone else a wet ball . To answer your question as good as it was yes I have . Remember I played with Matthews Dunstall Brereton etc .
— Terry Wallace (@thelistmanager) June 29, 2019
Geelong’s Tim Kelly, Dockers forward Michael Walters, reigning Norm Smith Medallist Luke Shuey and Giant Lachie Whitfield were also selected in his top seven, omitting star GWS on-baller Josh Kelly to the surprise of presenters.
.@MatthewLloyd18 ranks the top 7 cleanest users of the ball in the AFL.
— Sportsday (@SportsdayRadio) July 1, 2019