Throughout the final years of the 1990s, AFL clubs across the land looked backward rather than forward, with selectors, historians and superstars converging to name their Teams of the 20th Century.

So, as we near the quarter-time mark of the 21st century, what better time to run the rule on which players are likely to feature when the selectors of tomorrow get together in several decades' time?

While every club has an array of deadset legends that can be called on, we here at Zero Hanger have employed the following rules of selection:

  • Only statistics recorded and achievements accrued since the start of the 2000 AFL season will be acknowledged.
  • Any player selected must have played at least 100 senior games for their respective club since the start of the 2000 AFL season.

Next up, we head west to decide which Dockers can be counted as the ten best of this century.


9. Michael Johnson (2005-2018) 

1 x All-Australian (2013)
244 games

Uber reliable in his post down back, Johnson provided the Dockers with sterling service for the better part of 14 seasons.

Routinely in the running for Doig Medal honours, as well as willing to chop out elsewhere on the field, the Perth native earned his flowers in 2013 when he was named an All-Australian.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Michael Johnson of the Dockers looks on after being awarded a 50 meter penalty during the round 10 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Optus Stadium on May 27, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)