Zero Hanger's Rookie Rankings after Round 8 have seen more movement among the top six, with two starring performances from first-year midfielders shaking up our rankings.

A Saints young gun and a Demons wingman have both jumped up our rankings, forcing a Suns backman to fall back two spots.

Round 8 saw a handful of players feature in their first games, three of whom have earned honourable mentions for the weekend.

Collingwood's Lachie Sullivan impressed in his maiden outing after coming into Friday's thriller as the sub, while Brisbane's Bruce Reville and Hawk Calsher Dear were also strong in their debuts.

Selection Criteria: For our Rookie Rankings, we are ONLY 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 before the 2024 season will not be considered. I.e. Rising Star eligible players such as George Wardlaw, Angus Sheldrick and Sam Darcy are ineligible, having already played an AFL match before Round 1, 2024. 

Honourable Mentions
Lachie Sullivan (Collingwood)
Calsher Dear (Hawthorn)
Bruce Reville (Brisbane)
Mykelti Lefau (Richmond)


6. Will Graham (-)

The Suns youngster was kept to just nine possessions in the loss to Brisbane but was once again among the best Suns players on the defensive side of the game.

Graham laid a further eight tackles to sit second for tackles per game in the competition this season.

The Suns utility has been a positive addition to Damien Hardwick's lineup over the past month and remains a chance to rise up our Rookie Rankings over the coming weeks.

The likes of Darcy Jones, Harvey Thomas, Hugo Garcia, Blake Howes and Zane Duursma are all in the chasing pack however, while Round 8 saw seven new debutants enter the fray.