With the 2019 AFL Draft in the books, we’ve seen clubs hedge their bets on the next crop of football superstars, with the hope that they can make an instant impact on their side’s performances.
In the past few years, we have seen so many talented youngsters make a splash just a couple seasons into their AFL careers and become bonafide superstars.
Here is Zero Hanger’s top 10 players aged 22 and under heading into the 2020 season.
10. Daniel Rioli
The only dual premiership player on this list comes in at number 10. Daniel Rioli has played 77 games for Richmond since being drafted in 2015 and has already played an important part of two premiership sides. Much like his cousin Cyril, Daniel is a talented small forward who can create goals almost out of nothing, as seen through his 2017 Goal of the Year award.
The 22-year-old is a valued member of the Tigers’ forward line, with 68 goals in his four seasons, and he also finished third at the club for goal assists in 2019. Rioli featured in the AFL Players’ Association 22under22 side in 2017 and deserves his spot on this list for his role in both Richmond flags.