The Power ball-magnet finished the season with 255 votes to his name, finishing ahead of Demons midfielder Clayton Oliver (238 votes), Blues young gun Sam Walsh (222) and Suns breakout star Touk Miller (222) on the podium.
With every vote finalised, now we take a look at who led each club for the 2021 season, crowing MVPs for each and every side.
Rory Laird (146 votes)
The defender-turned-midfielder has enjoyed a career-best season this year, claiming the club's best and fairest honours to go along with a 19th-placed finish in our overall MVP leaderboard.
Despite another poor campaign for the Crows, Laird was a shining light and will be looking to steer his side back toward the top eight next season.
Adelaide's Top Five MVPs:
Jarryd Lyons (184 votes)
Another stellar season for the Brisbane ball-magnet, who was rewarded with a spot in the All-Australian 40-man squad this year.
A bargain recruit for the Lions, Lyons was among a star-studded midfield that is looking to lead the club to premiership glory in 2021.
Brisbane's Top Five MVPs:
Sam Walsh (222 votes)
The Carlton rising star took his game to new heights this season, emerging as the Blues' best onballer and earning a place in the All-Australian midfield.
A near-guarantee to take home the John Nicholls Medal, Walsh was a clear leader among the Blues in our MVP votes, finishing equal third in the league.
Carlton's Top Five MVPs:
Taylor Adams (75 votes)
It was a poor year for the Magpies, recording a 17th-placed finish and recording just the six wins for the season.
Collingwood's Top Five MVPs:
Darcy Parish (190 votes)
Bombers fans have plenty to be excited about following their 2021 campaign, with the likes of Parish and Zach Merrett commanding the ball from midfield en route to a finals finish.
Parish had a breakout year, claiming the ANZAC Day Medal, Yiooken Award and was named best afield for the Country Game, while putting on an immense outing for the Bombers in their elimination final defeat.
A big game player it must be said.
Essendon's Top Five MVPs:
David Mundy (137 votes)
The Dockers veteran doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon, having a dazzling campaign at the tender age of 36.
Mundy stood up when it mattered most for the Dockers, leading a young midfield in the absence of skipper Nat Fyfe.
Fremantle's Top Five MVPs:
Cameron Guthrie (147 votes)
The Cats star made the midfield his own in 2021, adding to his All-Australian and Best and Fairest campaign of yesteryear.
Guthrie was only one of two Geelong players to surpass 100 votes for the season, a surprising statistic given the club's dominance.
Geelong's Top Five MVPs:
Touk Miller (222 votes)
One of just five players to poll over 200 votes, Miller was a bright light in what was another dark season for the Suns.
The Gold Coast midfielder claimed All-Australian honours after a sensational season leading the struggling Queensland club.
Gold Coast's Top Five MVPs:
Greater Western Sydney
Josh Kelly (152 votes)
The silky Giants onballer was at his best once again in 2021, leading a packed engine room and young side to a finals return.
Highlighted by triggering an eight-year extension, this season has been a memorable one for Josh Kelly.
Greater Western Sydney's Top Five MVPs:
Tom Mitchell (189 votes)
The Hawthorn ball-magnet had another strong campaign in the brown and gold, once again recording record numbers around the ground.
A difficult season for the Hawks, however Mitchell was among plenty of positives for the Waverley club.
Hawthorn's Top Five MVPs:
Clayton Oliver (238 votes)
A season like no other for 'Clarry', the Demons' midfielder has sky-rocketed into Brownlow contention this season as Melbourne claimed the minor premiership.
The AFLCA Champion Player of the Year, a premiership is sure to be in the sights of the Demons superstar.
Melbourne's Top Five MVPs:
Ben Cunnington (79 votes)
The Kangaroos veteran led a young North Melbourne midfield to a promising campaign, albeit collecting the wooden spoon along the way.
Although with its setbacks, Cunnington's season was one to behold as the Roos' future looks bright with the aid of their contested ball-winner.
North Melbourne's Top Five MVPs:
Ollie Wines (255 votes)
The first-ever Zero Hanger MVP winner, Wines has been a consistent threat in the Power's push for a premiership.
The Port Adelaide jet has enjoyed a career-best season and should be right in contention for a high Brownlow Medal finish.
Port Adelaide's Top Five MVPs:
Dustin Martin (84 votes)
A disappointing season in the end for the back-to-back reigning premiers, who failed to finish in the top-eight by season's end.
'Dusty' was as prolific as ever, and despite injuries managed to finish atop the standings among his teammates to claim the Tigers' MVP crown thanks to a strong start.
Richmond's Top Five MVPs:
Jack Steele (218 votes)
Another strong season for the Saints co-captain, Steele's second half of the season has placed him as a dark horse for the Brownlow Medal.
Unable to get his side into the eight, the silky onballer remained to have a career-best season and will be keen to start next year with a bang.
St Kilda's Top Five MVPs:
Callum Mills (177 votes)
Despite the finals heartbreak, 2021 was a huge success for Sydney, with many plaudits going to their new star in midfield.
Sydney's Top Five MVPs:
Andrew Gaff (91 votes)
A bitter end to the Eagles season saw them crash out of finals contention, but it was their midfield that shined once again.
Gaff led the long-list of Eagles onballers in the club's MVP standings, but will be hoping a strong season next year will have his side playing in the September action.
West Coast's Top Five MVPs:
Jack Macrae (199 votes)
The Bulldogs ball-magnet come mightily close to reaching 200 votes, but was able to finish atop his side's standing and even out-polling Brownlow contender Marcus Bontempelli.
Another All-Australian nod and a bevy of 30+ disposal outings saw Macrae enjoy a stellar 2021 campaign.
Western Bulldogs' Top Five MVPs: