Gold Coast Suns player Bailey Humphrey agains tWest Coast, 2023 (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos)

We have a new face among our Rookie Rankings after 10 rounds, while a handful of contenders continue to emerge in pressing their case for a top seven spot.

Our top two avoided swapping spots despite both young stars playing key roles over the weekend, while a gun Sun has moved into seventh as one of three shifts among our Rankings following Round 10.

But it's the honourable mentions that are gaining more and more attention as we near the bye rounds, with Risint Star nominee Josh Weddle and Hawthorn teammate Cameron Mackenzie continuing to impress.

New Roo George Wardlaw got his career off on the right foot against the Swans, while another Hawk in Seamus Mitchell will be one to watch over the coming rounds.

Criteria: For our Rookie Rankings, we are selecting players who have made their debut this season. Other players who may still be eligible for a Rising Star nomination but have already made their debut prior to the 2023 season will not be considered.

I.e. Rising Star eligible players such as Sam DarcyFinn Callaghan and Jye Amiss are ineligible, having already played an AFL match prior to Round 1, 2023. 

Round 10 Honourable Mentions:
Ollie Lord (Port Adelaide)
Josh Weddle (Hawthorn)
George Wardlaw (North Melbourne)
Cameron Mackenzie (Hawthorn)

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7. Bailey Humphrey (NEW)

The gun Sun makes his first showing of the season in our Rookie Rankings, replacing Carlton defender Alex Cincotta on the seventh rung.

Humphrey has been tantalising for the Suns across their past two performances, with his most recent outing in the QClash earning the Moe product a return of 26 touches, 11 contested possessions, five clearances and a goal against the Lions.

The exciting teenager held his own in midfield against a star-studded Lions outfit and would drift forward to have his say on the scoreboard.

The Suns will head to Darwin on Saturday to host the Western Bulldogs at TIO Stadium, where Humphrey will again be tasked with coming up against a fierce opposing midfield group.

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