There’s a line in an old Midnight Oil song that goes “the rich get richer – the poor get the picture”, and so it is in our Mongrel Punt Recruit of the Year award, as our leader goes from strength to strength, accumulating points and extending his lead as others look on, hopeful that they can bridge the gap.

But we’re realists, here.

The only thing stopping Will Brodie this season will be injury, and as he continued on his merry way, his closest competitor ran into some unexpected attention in brown and gold.

We like to cover off a lot of bases here, at The Mongrel.

Rolling All-Australian Team? Check.

Wingman of the Year? Check.

Defensive Player of the Year? Check.

Rising Star? X-Factor Rankings? Player Ratings? Mongrel of the Year? Midfield and Ruck championships? Check, check, check, check, check, and check!

However, there was always one group of players that were missing out on assessment against their peers, and that group was the recruits. Which player was having the largest influence on their new clubs? How much of an impact does Adam Cerra have at the Blues compared to say… Robbie Tarrant at Richmond, or Hugh Greenwood at North Melbourne?

We all dream of the big recruit coming into the club we support and making a huge difference, but in 2021, it was blokes like Tom Hickey in Sydney, playing on his fourth team that made the largest impact – who will replicate his form in 2022?

Here at The Mongrel, we’re here to chart these players as the season progresses. Who will be the 2022 Recruit of the Year? Let’s jump in and see.

 

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