And when asked to name the five he rates the highest, he came up with a pretty solid crop.
Listed via his Jock and Journo podcast with footy journalist Jay Clark, Pendlebury outlined his reasons behind the selections.
The question was raised to the Collingwood leader after he witnessed first hand the brute power and skill of North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington over the weekend, with the pair agreeing that the Roos onballer still doesn’t get enough credit despite having a career-best season.
What shocked Pendlebury was the fact that Cunnington has never been named in the 40-man All-Australian squad, even after winning a best and fairest and finishing second-placed on three occasions.
“You can’t move him, he’s that strong.” Pendlebury said about lining up on Cunnington.
“His fend off is the best in the game… He’s the form inside mid in the comp.”
While Clark and Pendlebury listed the same four players, the difference was Pendlebury choosing Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak – who returned to the midfield this year. While Clark went with Geelong superstar Tim Kelly, ahead of fellow star Patrick Dangerfield, for his work since entering the league 18 months ago.
Both Pendlebury and Clark named their five in no particular order, exuding any Collingwood players. The duo’s list is below:
Pendlebury’s top five midfielders
Clark’s top five midfielders
-Patrick Cripps (CARL)
-Ben Cunnnington (NM)
-Nat Fyfe (FREM)
-Luke Shuey (WCE)
-Tim Kelly (GEEL)
Have your say. Do you agree with the pair’s list?