Palmer named in Team of the Year

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Jesse Palmer has been named at centre half forward in the 2018 VFL Team of the Year. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

Jesse Palmer has been acknowledged for a standout year with a spot in the VFL Team of the Year.

Palmer was named at centre half forward, with his 27-goal season cementing his position as one of the best attacking players in the competition.

It was an impressive maiden season from the 21-year-old, who arrived at the Northern Blues after three years at Port Adelaide.

He becomes the third Northern Blue to make the Team of the Year in as many seasons, after Tom Wilson and Cameron O’Shea in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Palmer asserted himself instantly in Northern’s line-up, amassing nine tackles on debut before registering four goals against reigning premiers Port Melbourne in Round 4 a fortnight later.

Jesse Palmer led the Northern Blues' goal-kicking in 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: AFL Media)

Jesse Palmer led the Northern Blues’ goal-kicking in 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: AFL Media)

From there, Palmer would prove to be one of the most effective forwards in the VFL. He kicked 27 goals from 40 shots on goal, while also recording 16 score assists: the most of any Northern Blue.

He took the most marks on the lead of anyone else in the competition, and averaged 14 disposals and five marks per game over the course of the season.

His two standout games came in Rounds 8 and 16, where he kicked five goals against Essendon and Werribee. He also had eight score involvements to go with three goals against Frankston in Round 17.

Palmer is likely to feature in Laurie Hill Trophy calculations on Friday night, at the inaugural VFL/VFLW best and fairest for the Northern Blues and Carlton. It will take place in the Mantra Bell City Ballroom from 7pm.