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Inspirational captain who endured an injury-interrupted season for the second consecutive year. The 28-year-old pushed hard to return from a fractured ankle in the latter stages of 2020, but could only manage two games before needing surgery again to fix an issue with a screw in that ankle. The All Australian and Crichton medallist will be hoping for a change of fortunes and return to his brilliant best in his fifth season as skipper.

AFL awards: 2014 All Australian, 2015 International Rules Series, 2012 AFLCA Best Young Player of the Year, 2011 AFL Rising Star, 2011 AFLPA Best First Year Player, AFLPA 22under22 team (2012, 2013, 2014)

Club awards: Essendon life member, Essendon captain (2017 - current), 2014 Crichton Medal, Crichton Medal runner-up (2012, 2018), Crichton Medal third place (2013, 2015, 2017), Adam Ramanauskas Most Courageous Player (2021), John Heymanson Best Clubman (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017), John Kilby Staff and Trainers' Award (2018, 2019)

Dyson Heppell

Inspirational captain who endured an injury-interrupted season for the second consecutive year. The 28-year-old pushed hard to return from a fractured ankle in the latter stages of 2020, but could only manage two games before needing surgery again to fix an issue with a screw in that ankle. The All Australian and Crichton medallist will be hoping for a change of fortunes and return to his brilliant best in his fifth season as skipper.

AFL awards: 2014 All Australian, 2015 International Rules Series, 2012 AFLCA Best Young Player of the Year, 2011 AFL Rising Star, 2011 AFLPA Best First Year Player, AFLPA 22under22 team (2012, 2013, 2014)

Club awards: Essendon life member, Essendon captain (2017 - current), 2014 Crichton Medal, Crichton Medal runner-up (2012, 2018), Crichton Medal third place (2013, 2015, 2017), Adam Ramanauskas Most Courageous Player (2021), John Heymanson Best Clubman (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017), John Kilby Staff and Trainers' Award (2018, 2019)

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All Australian
Years award won:
2014
AFL Rising Star
Years award won:
2011
Crichton Medal
Years award won:
2014
Essendon captain
Years award won:
2017 - current
Essendon life member
Years award won:
2018
AFLCA Best Young Player of the Year
Years award won:
2012
AFLPA Best First Year Player
Years award won:
2011
International Rules Series
Years award won:
2015
Crichton Medal runner-up
Years award won:
2012, 2018
Crichton Medal third place
Years award won:
2013, 2015, 2017
Adam Ramanauskas Most Courageous Player
Years award won:
2021
John Heymanson Best Clubman
Years award won:
2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
AFLPA 22under22 team
Years award won:
2012, 2013, 2014
John Kilby Trainers and Staff Award
Years award won:
2018, 2019
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