Gold Coast’s Sam Day leads the competition in an unfortunate statistic.
For eleven of the first twelve rounds, Day has been named as an emergency for the Suns.
After suffering some extreme injuries in recent times, Day’s luck finally turned after he was selected to play against St Kilda in round 13.
Suns coach Stuart Dew didn’t understate the effort Day has put in to turn his fortunes around.
“He’s worked his backside off to get back in the side, and it was good to have him back,” Dew said after the clash against the Saints.
Brisbane’s Archie Smith, West Coast’s Josh Smith, Geelong’s James Parsons, Collingwood’s Ben Crocker and Fremantle’s Mitchell Crowden all sit one behind Day’s tally, after being selected as an emergency ten times this season.
Port Adelaide’s Sam Mayes and GWS’ Jackson Hatley and Dawson Simpson have been named as emergencies nine times this year.
The Power have named the most unique emergencies, with 22 players selected in the first 13 rounds.
The Giants have named the fewest, with only eleven selected in the same amount of time.
There a number of players who have been called up as an emergency eight times this season, including: Connor Menadue, James Rowbottom, Kaiden Brand and Patrick Lipinski.
Here is every side’s player who has been named emergency the most times, courtesy of AFL.com.au.
Adelaide: Myles Poholke, Darcy Fogarty (6)
Brisbane: Archie Smith (10)
Carlton: Matthew Kennedy (7)
Collingwood: Ben Crocker (10)
Essendon: Zac Clarke (7)
Fremantle: Mitchell Crowden (10)
Geelong: James Parsons (10)
Gold Coast: Sam Day (11)
GWS: Jackson Hatley, Dawson Simpson (9)
Hawthorn: Kaiden Brand (8)
Melbourne: Braydon Preuss (7)
North Melbourne: Tom Campbell (8)
Port Adelaide: Sam Mayes (9)
Richmond: Connor Menadue (8)
St Kilda: Nick Hind (7)
Sydney: James Rowbottom (8)
West Coast: Josh Smith (10)
Western Bulldogs: Patrick Lipinski (8)