No. 9 in the AFL Players' Top 50, brought to you by Bailey, is a club captain, dual best and fairest and All Australian in 2012.

9. Trent Cotchin
Official AFL Player Rating: 33
Debut: 2008
Games: 110

One of the game’s leading midfielders, Cotchin was below his best for parts of 2013, but built form leading into September and was outstanding in the club’s first final since 2001, finishing with 26 possessions and two goals. He missed just one game (knee injury) and led the club in kicks (365), disposals (571), clearances (118) and contested possessions (259).

Below: Trent Cotchin torments the Blues in Thursday night's best-on-ground performance

Is a contested-ball specialist, evades tacklers, balanced, clever and consistent.

Not as efficient with the ball as he could be.

What the players said
"To be able to go down forward and be dangerous down there too is what sets him apart." - Travis Boak

"He's a player that young footballers should aspire to be like because he's so good on both sides of his body, he's very balanced, very clean and can also go forward and kick goals." - Lenny Hayes