With a new season on the horizon, we begin to dissect how each club's list is coming together following weeks of glueing in the pre-season.

While the more notable names in Adam Cerra, Jordan Dawson and Hugh Greenwood are sure to be making waves in their new colours prior to Round 1, several recruits from the off-season are sure to add an exciting edge while going somewhat unnoticed in the headlines.

We cast our eye over some of the more underrated recruits of the off-season and what value they're sure to bring in 2022.

3. Jake Kelly (Essendon)

The Bombers' backline is coming together nicely, with Ben Rutten's side having seen great growth last year with the rise of Jayden Laverde as a key-defensive stalwart.

Add in the calibre of two-way option Jordan Ridley, the pace and poise of Nick Hind and the promising talent that is Zach Reid, and you can see what Rutten is building at Tullamarine.

Their rearguard was further strengthened with the addition of Kelly's services, a player who has shown the ability to lock down small to medium-sized forward threats during his tenure at Adelaide.

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With the 27-year-old likely to take on some of the Bombers' more lethal opposing forward, Kelly is sure to give the likes of Ridley and Hind an amplified focus on winning and ball and forging their strong brand of attacking football from defence.