AFL Players to Watch in 2023

This page is dedicated to some of the key Aussie Rules players to keep a keen eye on this year’s AFL Premiership season. Who are the star young recruits tipped to make a big impact on their AFL club this year? What greats of the game will dominate the AFL statistics again with a Brownlow Medal to be won?

See below for all the AFL footy facts and stats on some of the likely standouts and then head over for all the top odds in our AFL season betting markets.

Nick Daicos

Nick Daicos was, without a doubt, the standout player of last season.  The son of Collingwood legend, Peter Daicos made his debut for the Pies in round 1 last year against the Saints as one of theCollingwood Magpies AFL Player Nick Daicos competitions most anticipated draftees. He went on to play in every game, including the finals and showed his versatility by playing in several positions.  He finished the year averaging 25.8 disposals per game and took home the AFL Rising Star Award. Young Daicos is now gearing up for another big season with his dad’s old club again in 2023.

  • Team: Collingwood Magpies
  • Position: Medium Defender
  • Height: 184 cm
  • Weight: 73kg
  • Age: 20 years
  • Date of Birth: January 3, 2003
  • Debut: Round 1 2022

Sam De Koning

Sam made his AFL debut with the Cats in Round 5 of 2021.  He played the one game that year but took part in 23 games last season.  He showed terrific improvement throughout the year and will certainlyGeelong Cats AFL Player Sam De Koning continue to step up with more game time.  He played predominately as a defender but standing at 204cm he was able to step in as ruckman when needed.  He was awarded the Geelong Best Young Player Award in 2022 and was also nominated for the AFL Rising Star Award, in which he finished runner up behind Nick Daicos.

  • Team: Geelong Cats
  • Position: Defender
  • Height: 204 cm
  • Weight: 87 kgs
  • Age: 21 years
  • Date of Birth: February 26, 2001
  • Debut: Round 5 2021

Sam Simpson

Look, 2021 was not the year for Simpson as the untapped midfielder suffered injury after injury andGeelong Cats AFL Player Sam Simpson ongoing concussion issues. He played just four games after having reached better heights in 2020 including his appearance in the GF when emerging as one of the game’s most promising young players. He’s a son of former Cat Sean Simpson (1991-98) so he’s bred for big things. He was the last to sign for the club this year and needs to show what he’s made of or he’ll be gone. Think he’ll do just that with eyes on him.

  • Team: Geelong Cats
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight: 75 kg
  • Age: 24 years

Josh Dunkley

Dunkley makes a move from the Dogs to the Lions’ Den for 2023 in an eleventh-hour trade deal ahead of the new season. WBrisbane Lions AFL Player Josh Dunkleyinner of the Bulldogs’ Best & Fairest last year, he’s arguably one of the game’s strongest midfielders. With strong leadership qualities, Dunkley is a son of former Swans veteran Andrew, and he’ll be looking to make an impact up in the sunshine state.

  • Team: Brisbane Lions
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Height: 191 cm
  • Weight: 91 kgs
  • Age: 26 years
  • Date of Birth: January 9, 1997

Touk Miller

Miller was outstanding for the Gold Coast in 2022, the Suns’ skipper finallyGold Coast Suns AFL Player Touk Miller winning his maiden best and fairest. It was a record-breaking season for the now 26-year-old who broke the record for most consecutive games with 30-plus disposals. Selected for the All-Australian, Miller will see out his days with the GC signed until the end of 2027. He’s got the leadership qualities and on-field skills to see the Suns work their way towards a finals birth over the coming years.

  • Team: Gold Coast Suns
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Height: 178 cm
  • Weight: 81 kg
  • Age: 26 years
  • Date of Birth: February 22, 1996