Ahead of the 2024 season, we decided to look back on 2023 and handpick some of the most improved players of the year.

The 2023 season was one to remember and there were a plethora of players we could've picked. Just about every club had at least one player that could have made this list, but we've narrowed it down to just 10.

The list below is made up of players from all positions across the field and a wide range of ages. Whilst most players have been in the system for a few years, this batch of players took their game to another level in 2023 and look likely to continue their ascent in 2024.

Note: The players listed are in no particular order, rather just a collection of the 10 most improved players of the 2023 season.


1. Errol Gulden

At only 21 years of age, Gulden proved his worth time and time again during 2023.

Finishing fourth in the Brownlow Medal race, earning a maiden All-Australian blazer and solidifying himself as one of the premier ball-winners in the competition, the rising Swan simply had to make this list.

Averaging a whopping 26.79 disposals and just shy of a goal a game, the prolific winger took a huge leap from 2022. Although the Swans had a down year in comparison to their 2022 Grand Final appearance, Gulden did just about all he could for his side. A clear successor to the older midfielders like Luke Parker, Gulden's natural leadership skills and talent will make him one of the best AFL players in years to come.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30: Errol Gulden of the Swans in action during the round 16 AFL match between Sydney Swans and Geelong Cats at Sydney Cricket Ground on June 30, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)