This year’s draft will see another injection of youth into all 18 clubs, bringing an x-factor and unpredictability which can be vital in achieving success.
However, with the majority of modern day premiership sides boasting an average age of 24+, clubs also need experienced and reliable veterans to help lead them to victory.
Here is Zero Hanger’s Top 10 players aged 30 and over ahead of the 2020 season.
An honourable mention goes to 37-year-old Shaun Burgoyne who couldn’t quite crack our top 10 but deserves a mention as the league’s oldest player.
10. Josh P. Kennedy
Going into his 13th AFL season, Sydney’s ever-reliable midfielder is slowly starting to show signs of regression, but is still a vital part of the Swans’ engine room.
The former father-son Hawk played 19 games in 2019, his lowest tally since his 2009 season at Hawthorn, but still averaged over 26 disposals a game and ranked top 10 in the league for both clearances and tackles per game.
At 31, the three-time All Australian may still have another opportunity to play in a second Sydney premiership, with the club building a talented young roster around him.
Kennedy has been one of the competition’s leading midfielders for the best part of a decade and with his contract set to expire at the end of next season, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Sydney captain.