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AFL is a pressured-filled game. Whether it’s coaches, players or board members, there is always going to be more pressure on some than others.

We take a look at the top five players who are feeling the heat heading into the 2019 season.


5. Jacob Townsend (Richmond)

The premiership-forward struggled to maintain a spot in the Tigers’ lineup in 2018, playing just ten games for the minor premiers. The ex-Giant shopped himself around at the end of last year but had no luck, signing on with the Tigers rookie list for 2019. Townsend will need to have a big year to remain at Punt Road.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 6: Jacob Townsend of the Tigers celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round seven match between the Richmond Tigers and the Fremantle Dockers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)