Some think it should be a four-letter word, whilst others offer it without desiring anything in return. It is a precious commodity – one that can lead to joy, or sorrow depending on how it’s used once offered, and it has left a trail of broken hearts for centuries.

In regard to football, trust is one of the facets that makes a team special. You look at the line-up they have running out onto the ground, and if you know exactly what to expect from the individuals, you also know exactly what to expect from the team.

It is also imperative that teammates know what to expect from each other, and in situations where the game is in the balance, it is usually the best teams who trust their teammates enough to win the footy, or make the spoil, or get the vital clearance that go on to win the day. Trust is what makes great teams great.

So where do the teams sit right now in terms of trust? If I open up a page in the season preview and look at their team list, which teams jump as the teams with players I trust to get the job done each and every week? If there was one big game, who on each team would I trust completely, and wholeheartedly to get the job done?


And so, here is the AFL Ladder of Trust


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