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Best 22: Is this our 2018 team?

Staff Writers, AFL Media  December 3, 2017 2:15 PM

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The addition of Jake Stringer adds another match-winner to the Bombers list.

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
HB: Conor McKenna, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath
C: David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell, Brendon Goddard
HF: Devon Smith, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cale Hooker, Orazio Fantasia
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
I/C: James Stewart, Patrick Ambrose, Jayden Laverde, Martin Gleeson

DEPTH

General defenders: Matt Dea, Jordan Ridley, Ben McNiece
Key defenders: Mitch Brown, Aaron Francis, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
Midfielders: Dylan Clarke, Travis Colyer, Kobe Mutch, David Myers, Trent Mynott, Matt Guelfi, Kyle Langford
General forwards: Josh Begley, Josh Green, Jackson Merrett, Mason Redman, Jake Long, Jordan Houlahan
Key forwards: Shaun McKernan
Ruckmen: Matthew Leuenberger, Sam Draper, Luke Lavender

Notes: The Bombers will be one of the teams to watch next year, having altered their trade strategy this off-season and recruited strongly from other clubs for the first time in a long while. The addition of Jake Stringer adds another match-winner to the Bombers list, while Adam Saad and Devon Smith should also be very good acquisitions, not least for the likelihood they could free up other players to play more integral roles. Essendon's midfield is probably its question mark, but there is undoubtedly a lot of talent in there and it showed last year it can match it when the best teams when firing. - Callum Twomey