SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29: Chris Burgess and Alex Sexton of the Suns celebrate kicking a goal during the round 11 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Hawthorn Hawks at Sydney Cricket Ground on May 29, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

The VFL has revealed the initial 40-man squad for the 2023 Team of the Year.

Following further consideration, a final team of 22 will be recognised on September 18 at the 2023 VFL/VFLW Awards Night.

AFL-listed players are eligible for selection and players must have made at least 12 appearances at VFL level this year.

Werribee and the Gold Coast Suns led the way with nominations, amassing six each. Both clubs capped the home and away season with impressive 16-2 records, with the Suns taking out the minor premiership on percentage.

The Suns boast a wealth of AFL talent performing admirably in the VFL, with each nominee currently holding a spot on Gold Coast's senior list.

The Suns will only continue to add to their array of talent at this year's National Draft, with Gold Coast slated to add a trio of promising Academy products in November.

Carlton's third draft pick of 2022, Jaxon Binns, had a fantastic maiden season in the VFL. Despite not managing his senior debut, the 18-year-old plied his trade impressively with the Blues' reserves and appears primed for a second-year leap in 2024.

Another notable inclusion is Brisbane's Kai Lohmann. The 20-year-old, who is still off-contract and without a Lions deal for next season, has played seven AFL games this season for Brisbane. The high-flying speedster was electric up forward for the VFL Lions, averaging over two goals a game in an outstanding individual season.

FULL ALPHABETICAL LIST BELOW:

Jaxon Binns, Carlton
17 matches this season, 8 goals
Averages 29.2 disposals, 21.1 uncontested possessions, 7.9 marks, 4.6 rebound 50s, 4.5 intercepts

Dominic Brew, Werribee
18 matches this season, 5 goals
Averages 25.8 disposals, 16.3 kicks, 5.3 contested possessions, 9.8 tackles, 7.9 clearances

Callum Brown, Box Hill Hawks
17 matches this season, 1 goal
Averages 30.1 disposals, 74.6% disposal efficiency, 22.5 effective disposals, 5.9 score involvements, 4.3 rebound 50s

Chris Burgess, Gold Coast Suns
17 matches, 51 goals
Averages 12.9 disposals, 72.9 scoring accuracy, 11.1 hitouts, 8.1 score involvements, 3.0 goals

Charlie Constable, Gold Coast Suns
16 matches this season, 2 goals
Averages 30.8 disposals, 76.3% disposal efficiency, 6.6 marks, 6.3 score involvement, 4.7 rebound 50s

Nicholas Coughlan, Werribee
15 matches this season, 2 goals
Averages 19.6 disposals, 77.6% disposal efficiency, 8.1 rebound 50s, 7.3 intercepts, 6.0 marks

Jacob Dawson, Southport Sharks
18 matches this season
Averages 32.8 disposals, 23.9 effective disposals, 16.7 contested possessions, 9.6 clearances, 5.6 tackles

Kye Declase, Werribee
18 matches this season, 20 goals
Averages 24.2 disposals, 10.9 scoreboard impact, 7.8 contested possessions, 6.6 marks, 4.9 inside 50s

Oliver Dempsey, Geelong Cats
14 matches this season, 18 goals
Averages 21.4 disposals, 13.3 scoreboard impact, 6.1 score involvements, 3.5 inside 50s, 1.3 goals

Tom Downie, Williamstown
17 matches this season, 6 goals
Averages 13.3 disposals, 35.1 hitouts, 8.4 hitouts to advantage, 4.9 clearances, 4.9 tackles

Luke Dunstan, Casey Demons
14 matches this season, 10 goals
Averages 30.0 disposals, 10.2 contested possessions, 6.4 score involvements, 5.4 clearances, 4.6 inside 50s

Cameron Fleeton, GWS Giants
15 matches this season
Averages 22.7 disposals, 85.6% kicking efficiency, 84.1% disposal efficiency, 8.6 intercepts, 8.1 marks

Will Fordham, Frankston
18 matches this season, 7 goals
Averages 26.6 disposals, 15.1 uncontested possessions, 12.1 contested possessions, 6.0 clearances, 4.2 score involvements

Hudson Garoni, Werribee
17 matches this season, 40 goals
Averages 12.6 disposals, 55% score involvement, 6.8 score involvements, 4.6 shots at goal, 2.4 goals

Caleb Graham, Gold Coast Suns
18 matches this season
Averages 14.6 disposals, 82.1% disposal efficiency, 8.5 marks, 6.9 intercepts, 5.4 spoils

Tom Gribble, Werribee
17 matches this season, 5 goals
Averages 31.8 disposals, 22.7 effective disposals, 19.1 uncontested possessions, 7.2 score involvements, 6.7 clearances

Tom Highmore, Sandringham
16 matches this season, 1 goal
Averages 22.3 disposals, 81% disposal efficiency, 8.7 intercepts, 7.4 rebound 50s, 6.8 marks

Harvey Hooper, Port Melbourne
16 matches this season, 7 goals
Averages 25.3 disposals, 14.5 uncontested possessions, 10.6 contested possessions, 6.7 inside 50s, 4.6 score involvements

Marty Hore, Williamstown
17 matches this season
Averages 22.9 disposals, 10.2 marks, 10.2 intercepts, 8.6 rebound 50s, 5.0 spoils

Ben Jepson, Coburg
18 matches this season, 1 goal
Averages 25.1 disposals, 17.3 kicks, 78.3% disposal efficiency, 7.8 handballs, 6.5 rebound 50s

Charlie Lazzaro, North Melbourne
13 matches this season, 4 goals
Averages 26.6 disposals, 6.8 score involvements, 6.1 tackles, 4.7 inside 50s, 4.2 clearances

Kai Lohmann, Brisbane Lions
13 matches this season, 28 goals
Averages 16.6 disposals, 8.4 contested possessions, 7.6 score involvements, 2.2 goals, 1.0 goal assists

Ned Long, Box Hill Hawks
13 matches this season, 8 goals
Averages 23.7 disposals, 7.3 score involvements, 6.3 tackles, 4.7 clearances, 1.3 goal assists

Jarryd Lyons, Brisbane Lions
14 matches this season, 9 goals
32.6 disposals, 17.6 uncontested possessions, 8.2 score involvements, 7.6 clearances, 2.7 centre bounce clearances

Finlay Macrae, Collingwood
15 matches this season, 7 goals
Averages 26.4 disposals, 6.5 score involvements, 5.9 tackles, 5.5 inside 50s, 4.9 clearances

Shaun Mannagh, Werribee
18 matches this season, 32 goals
Averages 25.9 disposals, 7.8 score involvements, 7.2 inside 50s, 6.1 tackles, 4.9 clearances

Oscar McDonald, Williamstown
18 matches this season, 2 goals
Averages 16.7 disposals, 8.8 intercepts, 8.3 marks, 5.7 rebound 50s, 5.1 spoils

Brodie McLaughlin, Gold Coast Suns
18 matches this season, 51 goals
Averages 15.8 disposals, 55.3% score involvement, 8.2 score involvements, 6.8 marks, 2.8 goals

Ned Moyle, Gold Coast Suns
16 matches this season, 7 goals
Averages 15 disposals, 26.8% score involvement, 35.1 hitouts, 11.1 hitouts to advantage, 4.7 clearances

Kai Owens, Frankston
17 matches this season, 9 goals
Averages 23.0 disposals, 11.7 contested possessions, 11.2 uncontested possessions, 5.7 clearances, 5.0 tackles

Ethan Phillips, Port Melbourne
18 matches this season
Averages 17.6 disposals, 83.2% disposal efficiency, 11.0 intercepts, 8.6 marks, 4.9 marks from opposition kicks

Jaxon Prior, Brisbane Lions
15 matches this season, 7 goals
Averages 22.1 disposals, 79.8% disposal efficiency, 6.8 marks, 4.6 intercepts, 4.6 rebound 50s

Brandon Ryan, Box Hill Hawks/Northern Bullants
12 matches this season, 26 goals
Averages 13.4 disposals, 8.2 contested possessions, 5.9 score involvements, 2.2 goals, 1.9 contested marks

Alex Sexton, Gold Coast Suns
12 matches this season, 31 goals
Averages 15.3 disposals, 9.8 uncontested possessions, 8.2 score involvements, 5.8 contested possessions, 2.6 goals

Ryley Stoddart, Frankston
14 matches this season
Averages 26.1 disposals, 74.8% disposals efficiency, 6.1 marks, 5.4 intercepts, 5.4 rebound 50s

Lachlan Street, Richmond
18 matches this season, 3 goals
Averages 23.6 disposals, 13.4 uncontested possessions, 10.4 contested possessions, 4.9 score involvements, 4.7 clearances

Lachlan Sullivan, Footscray Bulldogs
18 matches this season, 13 goals
Averages 30.7 disposals, 15.1 contested possessions, 8.5 scoreboard impact, 7.7 clearances, 2.7 centre bounce clearances

Jordon Sweet, Footscray Bulldogs
17 matches this season, 8 goals
Average 13.2 disposals, 43.1 hitouts, 12 hitouts to advantage, 5.6 score involvements, 4.6 clearances

Jean-Luc Velissaris, Northern Bullants
18 matches this season, 10 goals
Averages 30.9 disposals, 20.7 effective disposals, 19.4 kicks, 18.9 uncontested possessions, 6.6 clearances

Boyd Woodcock, Southport Sharks
18 matches this season, 18 goals
Averages 30.2 disposals, 16.9 uncontested possessions, 12 contested possessions, 7.2 score involvements, 6.8 clearances