We look at which rookie forwards impressed in the NAB Challenge and which you should have in your Supercoach team in 2016.
Sam Kerridge (Carlton)
Former Crow Sam Kerridge is an absolute must have in everyone’s SuperCoach team at the start of the season. Kerridge found his way to Carlton as part of the deal which saw Troy Menzel traded to Adelaide. Kerridge played 27 games in four seasons at Adelaide, but failed to cement his spot in the Crows’ senior side, but he has his chance now at the Blues, particularly after an impressive NAB Challenge campaign which yielded scores of 122 and 109. At just $137,600 he is too good to pass up and his strong body will be hugely important in Carlton’s young side. Can also be bought as a midfielder.
Lincon McCarthy (Geelong)
NAB Challenge SuperCoach average: 62.3
Geelong will look to McCarthy to be the club’s next great small forward after the the departures of Steve Johnson and Matthew Stokes at the end of last season. He has battled through several injuries the past few years, but he is now raring to go and enjoyed a promising first NAB Challenge match, booting three goals.
Ben Kennedy (Melbourne)
NAB Challenge SuperCoach average: 83.7
Melbourne recruited Kennedy from the magpies in last year’s trade period and so far he looks to be a valuable acquisition, scoring 90, 76 and 85 in his three NAB Challenge matches. Like Kerridge, can also be used in the midfield, making him a valuable asset at just $187,800.
Connor Menadue (Richmond)
NAB Challenge SuperCoach average: 80.3
Selected with pick No.33 in the 2014 National Draft, Menadue played five games in his debut season last year. He impressed in this month’s NAB Challenge with scores of 75, 101 and 65 and should be in line for far more game this season at Tigerland. Could be a very handy bench option at just $155,400. Can also play through the midfield.