MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Josh Dunkley of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 17 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

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 isĀ 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.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Daniel Rioli of the Tigers in action in his 50th game during the 2018 AFL round 20 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 03, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)