1. Jason Porplyzia (Adelaide)
I am officially on this guys bandwagon !. He has been has had the dreaded word “potential” written all over him since arriving at the Crows and it looks as if this year might just be his breakthrough year. He has started like a house on fire and already has his fans. Club legend Andrew Jarman has already labelled him as favourite for the Club Best and Fairest (i know we are still in February, but he is fairly outspoken). And according to the Crows website someone has backed him in for the Brownlow. Porplyzia is looking the goods though and he is spending more time in the midfield now with Simon Goodwin and Andrew McLeod up forward and is relishing the opportunity. He has great skills and just knows where to go to get the footy. Watch him this week, especially against the quality mid fielders of the Hawks.
2. Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
Another indigenous little fella showing that he has got some flair and speed to burn. He was impressive last week, especially in the first half and looks to a player that may not get a ton of the footy but will be a flashy type player until he works on his fitness to be able to run through the midfield. As with the likes of Jetta and Davey from the Bombers he has the uncanny knack of sneaking up on players from behind with his electrifying pace and making the tackle. But if he doesn’t make the tackle the pressure or percieved pressure he can create can cause some dangerous turnovers for the opposition. This is something we are seeing a lot of during the NAB Cup. If he can bob up for a couple of goals in the process then Alistair Clarkson will be more than happy.
3. Kyle Reimers (Essendon)
After playing 3 games last year Reimers looks to have had a brilliant pre season and has improved his fitness quite a bit. I saw him in a few games last year and he just didn’t look fit enough to go through the midfield and was used more as an impact player. This year though with his fitness improving he has been given opportunities to run through the middle and last week look very impressive. He is very hard at it and is quick as well. He seemed to rotate down forward as well and kicked the opening goal of the game and certainly knows where the goals are. Look for him to be along side the likes of Dyson and Houli this week for the Bombers.
4. Jarryn Geary (St Kilda)
Has been a bit of a revolation for the Saints so far. He looks to be fitting in nicely to the Saints’ midfield and has been given good game time to show the coaching staff what he can do. He has had 2 impressive outings in the NAB Cup and will be tested this week against a quick Bombers midfield. He is certainly putting his hand up for Round 1 and another good performance this week may just get him over the line. He has great skill and has the fitness to rotate through the middle. We shall see if he has the speed to keep up with the Bombers this week.