2022 saw the AFL uncover a host of stars, while some well-known names strengthened their place and pedigree thanks to stellar campaigns.

So, we've attempted to compile a list ranking the 10 players that improved the most this season.

This list takes a look at where these players were positioned at the conclusion of the 2021 season and how they rank 12 months on.

Note: Players are required to have featured in the AFL in 2021, meaning Geelong forward Tyson Stengle was not eligible for our list.


9. Jack Sinclair

The consistent rise of Jack Sinclair at Moorabbin has been great viewing for St Kilda fans to enjoy, but the levels the mulleted defender reached this year surpass any expectations.

After polling no Brownlow votes in his first 119 games, Sinclair managed to record nine votes in 2022 to rank as the third-highest vote-getter for the Saints this year.

Sinclair was awarded with an All-Australian blazer in 2022 off the back of his stellar season in the red, white and black, where he ranked highly in the competition for kicks, bounces, intercepts and disposals to be a prolific presence in the Saints' rearguard.

Sinclair was also able to move further up the field for Brett Ratten when called upon, breaking lines through the midfield and setting up teammates in the forward third of the field.

From next year, the first season in Ross Lyon's second tenure at St Kilda, Sinclair is sure to be looking to build on a career-best campaign that was 2022.


  1. Nick Daicos should be in the top 10 when we are talking about “improvement”, taking into consideration he was in the NAB League in 2021

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