BALANCED BALL WINNER
There are few more driven and impressive draft prospects than Ashcroft. He has already made plenty of waves in the talent pathway, and though an eligible Brisbane Lions father-son candidate, the Melbourne-based youngster has not yet nominated either way. Given his enormous talent, there is plenty riding on that decision for Ashcroft, recruiters, and fans alike. In terms of his skillset from him, the midfielder has an innate ability to find the ball and offers such a balanced array of traits in midfield. He can hold his own on the inside and spreads wonderfully well to put up numbers reminiscent of the likes of Sam Walsh, Matt Rowell, and Nick Daicos before him. His standards and consistency of his are remarkably high.
JULY RANKING: #two
Let’s be honest, if you are here, you know exactly what Ashcroft has been able to do over the last month. He proved undeniable for top spot, maintaining an ridiculously high standard throughout the National Championships, before linking back up with the Sandringham Dragons for a haul of 42 disposals in Round 13 – against a Geelong Falcons midfield lead by Jhye Clark. He is the best, he has to be.