Herald Sun journalist Mark Robinson has revealed his top 50 players of the decade, with Hawthorn and Sydney forward Lance Franklin at the top of the list.
Robinson says “there’s never been a player like Lance Franklin in the history of Australian rules,” and went on to list his achievements as reasons for why he was the best player over the past 10 years.
Franklin won one premiership, featured in seven All-Australian sides (and captained the team once) and won three Coleman Medals over the course of the decade, which are numbers unmatched across the competition.
Wayne Carey weighed in on Robinson’s decision, and said it would be hard to argue against Franklin as the best player of the 2010s.
“He would be hard to beat. There would be him and Gary Ablett,’’ Carey told the Herald Sun.
“I don’t think you’d get an argument from the majority of people. He’s been a consistently brilliant player.
“He doesn’t necessarily play like a key forward.
“He’s a very different type of player for his size.’’
Gary Ablett comes in at number two, while Dustin Martin rounds out the top three.
Robinson’s only criteria was that the individual had to play 100 games to qualify.
Robbo’s Top 50 of the decade
50. Daniel Hannebery (Sydney/St Kilda)
49. Luke Breust (Hawthorn)
48. Todd Goldstein (North Melbourne)
47. Jack Gunston (Adelaide/Hawthorn)
46. Marc Murphy (Carlton)
45. Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney)
44. Callan Ward (GWS)
43. Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
42. Luke Parker (Sydney)
41. Luke Shuey (West Coast)
40. Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle)
39. Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)
38. Shannon Hurn (West Coast)
37. Harry Taylor (Geelong)
36. Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
35. Heath Shaw (Collingwood/GWS)
34. Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
33. Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn)
32. Tom Hawkins (Geelong)
31. Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
30. Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle)
29. Max Gawn (Melbourne)
28. Chris Judd (Carlton)
27. Brent Harvey (North Melbourne)
26. Brian Lake (Western Bulldogs/Hawthorn)
25. Steve Johnson (Geelong/GWS)
24. Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
23. Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
22. Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn)
21. Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
20. Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
19. Eddie Betts (Carlton/Adelaide)
18. Josh Gibson (Hawthorn)
17. Corey Enright (Geelong)
16. Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
15. Dane Swan (Collingwood)
14. Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
13. Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
12. Josh Kennedy (West Coast)
11. Jeremy McGovern (West Coast)
10. Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn/West Coast)
9. Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
8. Joel Selwood (Geelong)
7. Alex Rance (Richmond)
6. Luke Hodge (Hawthorn)
5. Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
4. Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide/Geelong)
3. Dustin Martin (Richmond)
2. Gary Ablett (Geelong/Gold Coast)
1. Lance Franklin (Hawthorn/Sydney)