Back View later GalleryThe award-winning favourites Share facebook SHARE twitter TWEET email google-plus linkedin reddit More The leaders in the Age Footballer of the Year Award after nine rounds are some of the game's most respected players. Which one of them will win this year's Brownlow Medal? Previous slide Next slide Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury has been in brilliant form for all but one game this season, averaging just below 30 possessions per match. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Essendon's Jobe Watson is one vote off the pace in the Age Footballer of the Year Award. He is second in the league for clearances. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Once maligned by his own fans, Essendon's Brent Stanton is now such a prolific and damaging midfielder that he attracts only brickbats. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Sydney's Josh Kennedy is averaging 26 possessions and six tackles per game. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Geelong's Joel Selwood has 22 free kicks for and only 6 against, testament to his determination to get his head over the ball before an opponent. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Elite midfield talent Trent Cotchin is also a threat in the forward line. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Sun's Gary Ablett blitzed the competition in the first month of the season, averaging over 40 possessions per game, before a knee injury struck. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Proven vote-winner Scott Thompson is again knocking up winning possessions for the Crows. Photo: Getty Images Powerful Crow Patrick Dangerfield has dramatically increased his influence at stoppages, amassing 65 clearances. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Dynamic midfielder Ryan Griffen is averaging 27 possessions a game for the Bulldogs. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Lenny Hayes has recovered brilliantly from a knee injury to resume a marauding role in the Saints midfield. Photo: Pat Scala PDS Gifted Tiger Brett Deledio has thrived on spending more time in the midfield. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Collingwood's Dane Swan hit top gear in the Anzac Day clash, but injured a knee and will miss three or four matches. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Bulldog skipper Matthew Boyd wins more of the ball than any other player in the competition. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Dean Cox has been a huge factor in West Coast's rise, whether in the ruck or as a key marking target in the forward line. Photo: Pat Scala PDS Perennial vote-hog Chris Judd has been steady, rather than brilliant this season, but his workrate remains undiminished. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Scott Selwood is the most improved player in the AFL, now a top-notch midfielder after previously being a tagger. Photo: Getty Images of More Galleries Previous Next AFL Round 6, St Kilda vs Melbourne. AFL St Kilda vs Collingwood Round 3 AFL St Kilda v Western Bulldogs Round 2, 2016 Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons at the MCG. Easter Monday blockbuster between Geelong and Hawthorn AFL: Giants v Bulldogs The celebrations. Hawthorn 2015 AFL Premiers. AFL grand final 2015. The Game.