If I asked you to name the best midfielders of the last ten-or-so years, who would you nominate?
Patrick Dangerfield – of course. Dustin Martin – yep again. Nat Fyfe would be in there. Patrick Cripps? Bont?
Where would you rate Luke Parker?
Though he has only made the All-Australian team once (I couldn’t believe that when I looked it up), he has three Bob Skilton Medals to his name and one of the more consistent performers of the past decade, never dipping below 23 touches per game over the last nine seasons and averaging over a goal per game the one year that he did drop to 23 touches on average.
He has been the Swans captain, a dual Robert Rose Medal winner as the league’s most courageous player, and has five Brett Kirk Medals as the best player in the Sydney Derby. That last one is quite amazing – he has won four of the last five medals awarded in the cross town clash.
Yet, given all those accolades, he is rarely in the conversation when it comes to that list of best midfielders.
And does he need to be considered as such when he is building a legacy of his own? And continuing another?
Uh oh… standalone content for our Swans members…. because I like them. Actually, I don’t mind all of you, this one just happens to be for them, though. And maybe you as well, if you like Luke Parker. Want to join us?