Top 50

2021 SANFL Preseason Top 50 – 31-50

Norwood's Mitch Grigg is tackled by Sturt's Jake Sutcliffe. Find out where Grigg is ranked in this year's Top 50 below.

Here we go again!

After selecting his Top 50 players at the conclusion of 2020, SANFL Media Producer Zac Milbank has now chosen his Top 50 as we inch closer to the start of the 2021 Statewide Super League campaign.

Form across the 2020 season was used as the chief factor in the ranking process, with selection in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year, placings in the Magarey Medal, Shearman Medal and Club best-and-fairest awards weighing heavily as it did in the Postseason.

But to spice things up, a bevy of star recruits signed over summer have been sprinkled in for good measure.

Stay tuned as the countdown continues on the SANFL website and social media channels leading up to Round 1 on April 1.

To kick things off, here are players 31 to 50.


50 – Luke Habel (Central District)

49 – Isaac Johnson (West Adelaide)

48 – Lewis Hender (North Adelaide)

47 – Andrew Bradley (Glenelg)

46 – Kobe Mutch (Woodville-West Torrens)


45 - Daniel Menzel (Woodville-West Torrens)

Made the shock move from Elizabeth to Oval Avenue with his brother Troy during the off-season. Ranked inside the top 10 last year but drops to the 40s due to the uncertainty surrounding his fitness, having played just one game for the Bulldogs in 2020. Moving very well on the training track, could push into the midfield under his new coach Jade Sheedy. Edges out his new teammate Kobe Mutch, who has impressed with the Eagles since arriving from Essendon.

New Eagle Daniel Menzel could swiftly move up the top 50 rankings with a clean bill of health

44 – Cameron Shenton (Norwood)

43 – Kym LeBois (North Adelaide)

42 – Matthew Wright (Adelaide)


41 - Jonathon Beech (West Adelaide)

The 30-year-old high-flyer returns to his beloved Westies after managing just 4 games for Labrador in the AFL Queensland competition last year. An incredibly smart player, Beech uses his body well to often out-mark his larger opponents while also being able to hit the ground running should the ball spill free. A very handy inclusion for new Bloods coach Brad Gotch.

2015 premiership star Jono Beech is a welcome sight in the red and black after a year in Queensland

40 – Nik Rokahr (Norwood)


39 - Kieran Lovell (West Adelaide)

An unknown quantity when it comes to SANFL, Lovell’s penchant for racking up high numbers in his native Tasmania suggests he will have a significant impact for the Bloods. Managed two AFL games while on Hawthorn’s list from 2016 to 2018 before collecting disposals at will with the Kingborough Tigers in 2019 and 2020. Solidly-built at 174cm and 80kg, the 23-year-old was crowned Best and Fairest for his TSL club in the past two seasons.

Kieran Lovell (centre) shows off his explosive power at training.

38 - Troy Menzel (Woodville-West Torrens)

Returns to the top 50 but like his older brother, this time in very different-looking tri-colours. The 26-year-old is capable of producing something special either off his lethal left-foot or in the air, as evidenced by his contender for SANFL Mark of the Year last season. Like Daniel, Troy could also spend more time from the centre square in his new surroundings, making him a constant threat with his creativity.

37 –  Travis Schiller (Central District)

36 – Mitch Grigg (Norwood)

35 – Abe Davis (Sturt)

34 – Tom Schwarz (North Adelaide)



33 - Jarrod Schiller (Central District)

A dual Norm Russell Medallist as Central’s best-and-fairest, Jarrod Schiller is one of the most consistent midfielders in the competition. Tough in the clinches, he is a vital cog in the Bulldogs’ midfield unit. Now has had his loyalty rewarded after stepping up to be co-captain alongside Luke Habel in 2021.

New Central co-captain Jarrod Schiller (centre) with fellow co-captain Luke Habel (left) and vice-captain Justin Hoskin (right), who comes in at No.31 such is his ability to turn a match in the Dogs’ favour.

32 – Jimmy Toumpas (Woodville-West Torrens)

31 – Justin Hoskin (Central District)

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