For the past four seasons, we’ve been compiling the best defenders in the league as part of our annual Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The annual winners are as follows
2020 – Luke Ryan
2021 – Jacob Weitering
2022 – James Sicily
2023 – Harris Andrews
It got me to thinking… who were the best-performed defenders over that entire period? Who would you back?
Is it the consistent, unobtrusive defence of the Blues’ Weitering? Is it the intercepting and rebounding of Luke Ryan in Freo? Or is the contest-killing exploits of Harris Andrews enough to carry him to be the number one defender of the past four years?
Or perhaps it could be one of the blokes who hasn’t taken home a DPOY Award thus far? Tom Stewart has been incredibly consistent, Sam Taylor has emerged as a wonderful key position player, and Jack Sinclair’s emergence as a running defender has been a revelation.
I am writing this section before crunching the numbers, so it’ll be a surprise for both of us. Let’s jump in.
Oh, what the hell? A Mongrel paywall? Yep, I believe my work is worth twenty cents per day. If you don’t, that’s fine. Standalone articles, off-season news, into season previews and pre-season game reviews, before we hit the 2024 season are all part of Mongrel Membership. You’re welcome to join/rejoin