MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 21 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Saints great Nick Riewoldt has named who he believes will be the top 10 key forwards at the end of the 2019 season on SEN.com.

And coming from one of the all-time great forwards, his list should be held in high esteem.

Sydney’s Buddy Franklin is still the premier forward in the competition according to Riewoldt, despite being hampered by injuries last season.

“If he played in a bygone era, he would’ve kicked 1300 goals by now. He’s still the best forward in the game comfortably,” Riewoldt told SEN Breakfast.

Riewoldt believes West Coast’s Josh Kennedy is the game’s second best forward, while two Tigers, Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch, are ranked third and fourth. Geelong’s Tom Hawkins rounds out Riewoldt’s top five.

Nick Riewoldt’s top 10 ranked forwards

10. Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
9. Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
8. Jordan De Goey (Collingwod)
7. Jeremy Cameron (GWS)
6. Jesse Hogan (Fremantle)
5. Tom Hawkins (Geelong)
4. Tom Lynch (Richmond)
3. Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
2. Josh Kennedy (West Coast)
1. Buddy Franklin (Sydney)