MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Following last week’s NAB AFL Draft and the arrival of a new batch of rookies, Champion Data has provided an insight into each club’s demographics heading to the 2020 season.

With the oldest list in the league, at an average age of 24.88 as at round one of the 2020 season, Collingwood will be under immense scrutiny to contend for a flag next year. The Pies also boast the fourth-most experienced squad, averaging 75.93 games each, meaning there is little room for excuses if the club falls short of their premiership aspirations.

Conversely, the Gold Coast Suns’ struggles are expected to continue, with both the youngest (23.41) and most inexperienced (52.08) side in the competition. The club has just three players with 151 games of experience or more, the equal-lowest tally alongside Melbourne.

Following the retirements of Hayden Ballantyne and Aaron Sandilands at the end of last season, Fremantle’s are now the only club to have less than three players over the age of 30, with 34-year-old David Mundy the sole member of the exclusive club.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn and Geelong have the largest veteran contingents, with seven players aged 30 or older within their squads, and both clubs, along with West Coast, lead the league in 151+ game players with 12 apiece.

Despite having the fifth-most experienced list in the competition, with an average of 69.03 games played, Port Adelaide also has the most players playing 20 games or less, with 22 players in that bracket.

Club-by-club age breakdown

AVG AGE 18-21 22-26 27-29 30+
1. COLL 24.88 15 16 8 6
2. WCE 24.8 14 15 11 4
3. HAW 24.66 19 13 5 7
4. NMFC 24.66 14 15 12 3
5. GEEL 24.65 21 8 10 7
6. GWS 24.56 16 18 6 5
7. STK 24.3 13 24 5 3
8. ESS 24.19 13 20 6 3
9. RICH 24.01 18 13 9 4
10. WB 23.99 14 21 7 4
11. PORT 23.9 20 12 9 4
12. ADEL 23.87 17 16 7 3
13. MELB 23.86 13 22 5 3
14. CARL 23.75 16 20 3 6
15. BL 23.54 21 16 5 4
16. FRE 23.54 20 16 8 1
17. SYD 23.54 20 16 6 3
18. GCFC 23.41 19 18 9 3

*Ages at round one, 2020

Club-by-club matches breakdown

M <20 21-50 51-100 101-150 151+
1. GEEL 80.72 19 7 5 3 12
2. HAW 80.25 19 3 8 2 12
3. WCE 77.89 14 10 5 3 12
4. COLL 75.93 18 5 7 6 9
5. PORT 69.02 22 2 7 6 8
6. NMFC 68.95 18 5 7 8 6
7. GWS 68.87 17 6 8 7 7
8. RICH 68.82 20 5 7 2 10
9. CARL 64.33 17 8 11 3 6
10. ESS 62.83 15 6 11 5 5
11. STK 62.2 18 8 8 6 5
12. MELB 60.42 17 6 11 6 3
13. ADEL 59.19 21 5 5 6 6
14. WB 57.67 17 9 7 10 3
15. BL 56.15 21 7 6 6 6
16. SYD 55.6 18 9 8 6 4
17. FRE 54.11 18 9 11 3 4
18. GCFC 52.08 21 9 8 8 3