Jack Steele is in the running to receive his second consecutive All-Australian blazer after being named in this year’s 40-person Therabody All-Australian Squad.
The co-captain flourished in the follow-up to his sterling 2020 campaign, cementing himself as one of the competition’s premier midfielders through his prolific ball-winning skills and consistency amid a challenging season.
Steele averaged a career-best 29 disposals, 14 contested possessions, eight tackles and six clearances throughout Season 2021 – all of which were ranked as elite – and topped the club in all key statistical metrics.
He also closed out the home-and-away season with the highest number of tackles in the year (185, just one short of the all-time record) and placed in the league's top-10 for total contested possessions (fourth), pressure acts (fifth), clearances (eighth) and disposals (tenth).
The 25-year-old is a near-unrivalled favourite to clinch his second Trevor Barker Award and is again expected to poll well at this year’s Brownlow Medal count.
This year’s Therabody All-Australian team will be confirmed on Thursday night.