I keep waiting for Will Brodie to fall over.

It may sound a little harsh, but when you look at the season as a whole, I don’t think anyone expected to see him excel to this level. I mean, he couldn’t get a run with the Suns, right?

But here we are, three rounds out from the conclusion of the home and away season, and Will Brodie is on the cusp of becoming the inaugural Mongrel Recruit of the Year.

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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