MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Shai Bolton of the Tigers celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Former Port great Kane Cornes has listed the breakout player from each AFL side ahead of the 2020 season on sen.com.au.

The 18-man list consists of players who Cornes believe will take their game to a new level this year, with his criteria suited for players aged 23 and under who are yet to make their mark on the game.

Highlighting Cornes’ list is Carlton utility and club heir Jack Silvagni, with the Port Adelaide legend insisting he is yet to have a breakout season despite a convincing 2019 campaign.

“You might say he’s already broken out but I don’t think he has” Cornes told SEN.

“He’s been stuck in that graveyard for far too long, trying to play as a medium-small forward in a poor side is tough.

“But I reckon the Blues can get the best out of him. They shifted him into the midfield at times last year and he was exceptional as an accountable midfielder.”

Silvagni saw am increase in nearly every major stat during last season, where he featured within both of the Blues’ forward line and midfield.

“He’s 194cm, he’s the modern midfielder and he’s going to have a very good year playing a similar role to Matt de Boer from the Giants.

“He is going to be an accountable midfielder who can win his own ball but also because he’s got the forward craft, push forward and hurt his opposition on the scoreboard.”

Richmond speedster and premiership player Shai Bolton also featured on Cornes’ list, with the 21-year-old playing 19 games in 2019 for 17 wins within the Tigers’ already deadly forward line.

“Bolton is already a premiership player so you could argue that he has broken out somewhat but will take his game to new levels in 2020 which is frightening for Richmond’s rivals.

“Went at just under a goal per game so there is room for improvement at the goal front to head towards the numbers of the likes of Eddie Betts, Stephen Milne, Michael Walters at around two goals a game.

“But his tackling and pressure for a small forward is already elite.”

Key position players failed to dominate the list, but Kangaroos big man Nick Larkey was one of the minority to feature.

Larkey slotted 26 goals from 17 games in 2019 alongside star forward Ben Brown, while being able to pinch-hit in the ruck behind Todd Goldstein.

“Larkey has the potential to be one of the game’s best key forwards.

“His statistics from his 17 games in 2019 were highly impressive as he averaged nearly 1.5 goals per game and pulled in 26 contested marks.

“Is also more than capable as a back-up ruckman which adds versatility to his game. A super impressive youngster that will reach new heights in 2020.

“Partnering up with Ben Brown could be frightening.”

Continuing with the key position theme, Cornes selected injury-riddled Fremantle defender Griffin Logue, who has managed to feature just 23 times for his club since being drafted at 8th overall in the 2016 draft.

Cornes believes that if Logue is able to avoid another string of injuries, then he may be the missing piece for the Dockers.

“Another top-10 draft pick that due to injury has taken a little bit longer to arrive than Freo may have expected.

“Has struggled to get the best out of himself due to those injuries but this guy is going to be a genuine star, you watch.

“I love his size and his mobility. He’s versatile, he can play as a key defender or as an interceptor across half-back, he uses the ball well.

“If he stays fit he is going to be a major weapon for the Dockers and new coach Justin Longmuir.”

Youngest on the list and mid-season rookie draft selection Kyle Dunkley is Cornes’ Melbourne representative as a hopeful rising sensation.

Kyle, younger brother of Bulldogs star Josh, played just the five games for the Dees since joining in May – and while his stats haven’t matched those of an AFL standard – Cornes believes he will be an addition to the Demons engine room.

“Dunkley was one positive of a very bleak 2019 for Melbourne playing five games after being selected in the mid-season draft.

“Plays as an inside mid but has shown in his brief AFL career that he can go forward and hit the scoreboard. His brother Josh has become one of the games best midfielders and the younger Dunkley spent the off-season honing his craft training alongside him.

“Expect him to become a regular playing in the star-studded Melbourne midfield this year.”

Kane Cornes’ full ‘breakout player’ list

Adelaide: Myle Poholke

Brisbane: Callum Ah Chee

Carlton: Jack Silvagni

Collingwood: Isaac Quaynor

Essendon: Dylan Clarke

Fremantle: Griffin Logue

Geelong: Nakia Cockatoo

Gold Coast: Ben Ainsworth

Greater Western Sydney: Sam Taylor

Hawthorn: Will Hanrahan

Melbourne: Kyle Dunkley

North Melbourne: Nick Larkey

Port Adelaide: Todd Marshall

Richmond: Shai Bolton

St Kilda: Dougal Howard

Sydney: Will Hayward

West Coast: Jake Waterman

Western Bulldogs: Patrick Lipinksi