With the new year upon us and all 18 clubs getting stuck into the thick of the pre-season, it’s time to remind ourselves who are the front-runners in each position across the competition.

Here is our list of the top 10 ruckmen in the league heading the 2021 season.

See also:

The TEN best midfielders heading into 2021

The TEN best defenders heading into 2021

The TEN best forwards heading into 2021

9. Tim English

English has been a staple in the Bulldogs' side since he burst onto the scene in 2019. His ability to go forward and have an impact is one of the reasons fans are excited about the big man.

Although he is ranked 14th in the competition for total hit-outs, he averages 1.1 shots at goal per game and is an effective option by foot too, averaging 4.5 effective kicks per game.