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Top 5 Most Impressive Recruits in 2016

  • Top 5 Most Impressive Recruits in 2016

    GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 19 match between the Geelong Cats and the Western Bulldogs at Simonds Stadium on July 29, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Yesterday we ran our Top 5 Most Disappointing Recruits for 2016 and there was plenty of discussion on who should fit where. 

Let's go the other way, which seems to be a little bit easier. 


Since announcing with four weeks to go last season that he was going to leave the Blues for the Cats, Lachie Henderson has become a totally different footballer and defence looks like he's most suited position. The Cats were concerned on whether they could find someone to replace Tom Lonergan, who is likely to finish at the end of the season or next, but they have found that replacement as Henderson has been superb this season for the Cats. 


For a player that had little pre-season, admitted that he was well underdone before the season, James Kelly has comfortably been one of Essendon's best players, so much so, that he may even challenge young midfielder Zach Merrett for the best and fairest at the end of the year. The Bombers are keen to keep him at the end of the year should he want to play on but it's unlikely the former Cat will play on given that he has a role at the AFL he is likely to undertake for 2017.


Adam Treloar came with a lot of pressure on his shoulders to deliver for Collingwood and while his inclusion to the side hasn't helped the club in their finals aspirations, he is in firm contention for the Copeland Trophy come the end of the season. Not only that, he would also be included in All-Australian calculations the Collingwood number seven averaging 30 disposals across 18 games this season. 


What a recruit this guy has been?! Many thought his career was done and dusted after leaving Geelong but has found another gear since arriving at the GWS Giants, and has played a pivotal part in their year that sees them sit currently second on the AFL ladder. He has played 17 of a possible 18 games, kicked 33 goals and is averaging 19 disposals a game. It's the most goals he has kicked in a season since the 2011 premiership winning season for the Cats. 


Even Stevie Wonder could have seen this one coming, but there's no denying that Patrick Dangerfield has been the recruit of the season. While it seems a lot has been left to Dangerfield to do the work down at Geelong at times, he has had some outstanding games this season and his debut against the Hawks on Easter Monday was breath-taking where he had 43 disposals. Dangerfield has kicked 20 goals and is averaging 32 disposals a game.

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