MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Clayton Oliver of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 19 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

As we near the opening round of 2022, we take a look at the premier midfielders in the competition.

Here is our top 10 list of the best midfielders in the league for this upcoming season, with All-Australians, Brownlow winners and Norm Smith medallists scattered throughout.

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10. Darcy Parish

The Bombers' Darcy Parish had a breakout season in 2021, where he was awarded the ANZAC Day Medal and broke his way into the All-Australian side for the first time.

The top 10 draft pick averaged 30.5 disposals over his 2021 campaign and truly showed his worth, with Essendon swooping on his signature with a new contract extension.

Teammate Zach Merrett deserves an honourable mention, as the two combined to make Essendon's midfield competitive against the best sides.

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