By ZAC MILBANK
It’s difficult to determine whether Central District’s Justin Hoskin is more damaging through the midfield or in attack.
Such is his flexibility to have an impact in both sections of the field for the Bulldogs, the 28-year-old is one of the most important players on the list of new coach Jeff Andrews.
A member of the West End State team which defeated the WAFL in Perth last year, Hoskin also finished fourth in race for the Norm Russell Medal as Central’s best-and-fairest player.
Booting 25 goals for the season in 2019, Hoskin also illustrated his penchant for neat passing by registering a supremely high 95 per cent disposal efficiency from his average of 20 possessions per game.
An incredibly strong overhead mark for someone of his 185cm stature, Hoskin is the ideal man for Andrews to throw into the centre square if his team needs to regain the ascendancy from the opposition.
The Golden Grove product is also likely to benefit from the opposition focusing more on quelling Daniel Menzel after the former Swans and Cats forward decided to return to Elizabeth for 2020.
Selected by SANFL Media Producer Zac Milbank, the 2020 Statewide Super League Top 50 is being unveiled one player at a time on the League’s website and social media channels.
For incumbent SANFL players, form across the 2019 season was used as a significant factor in the selection process, with selection in The Advertiser Team of the Year, West End State squad, club leadership group and placings in club best-and-fairest weighing heavily.
This is to ensure there is meaningful movement of player rankings between each year’s Top 50 list at the start and end of the season.
Recruits to the Statewide Super League for 2020 have also been included, with significant AFL experience, performance at State League level and their predicted impact proving critical in deciding the order of players.
Position: Medium Forward/Midfielder
SANFL Club: Central District
Community Club: Golden Grove FC
SANFL Debut: Round 8, 2011
SANFL Games: 146
32 – Justin Hoskin (Central)
33 – Harrison Wigg (North)
34 – Matthew Allen (Glenelg)
35 – Troy Menzel (Central)
36 – Mitch Grigg (Norwood)
37 – Jack Hayes (Eagles)
38 – James Rose (South)
39 – Robbie Young (North)
40 – Andrew Bradley (Glenelg)
41 – Tom Schwarz (North)
42 – Matthew Panos (Norwood)
43 – Brad Agnew (Glenelg)
44 – Cole Gerloff (Norwood)
45 – Matthew Wright (Adelaide)
46 – Dean Gore (Sturt)
47 – Tom Keough (West)
48 – Jesse Lonergan (Eagles)
49 – Alex Spina (North)
50 – Logan Hill (West)