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Doig Medal preview: Michael Johnson

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Michael Johnson of the Dockers runs the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Fremantle Dockers at Spotless Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images/AFL Media)
In 2017, Michael Johnson played his first full season since 2012 - a year he finished third in the Doig Medal.

With the Doig Medal Presentation Dinner rapidly approaching, looks at which players are likely to fare well in Fremantle’s night of nights at the Crown Ballroom on Saturday 7 October.

In 2017, Michael Johnson played his first full season since 2012, a year he finished third in the Doig Medal behind Ryan Crowley and Chris Mayne.

Johnson was especially crucial at the start of the season, proving his versatility to contribute in the ruck as a back-up to Aaron Sandilands.

The veteran defender’s best performance came in Fremantle’s thrilling five-point win over North Melbourne, racking up 26 disposals, 12 contested possessions, three contested marks and kicking a goal.

Best Doig Medal performances
2006: joint runner-up
2008: 5th
2012: 3rd
2013: 3rd

Key Stats (total / average per game)
Games: 22
Disposals: 359 / 16.3
Tackles: 34 / 1.5
Contested possessions: 122 / 5.5
Marks: 123 / 5.6
Rebound 50s: 77 / 3.5
AFL Fantasy points: 1450 / 65.9

Best performances
Disposals – 26 vs North Melbourne, round 5 and St Kilda, round 15
Marks – 12 vs GWS, round 19
Tackles – 6 vs North Melbourne, round 16
Rebound 50s – 9 vs Geelong, round 14
Contested possessions: 12 vs North Melbourne, round 5
Contested marks:3 vs North Melbourne, round 5, Richmond, round 8 and Carlton round 9
AFL Fantasy points – 95 vs St Kilda, round 15




Round 1 v Geelong

Round 3 v Western Bulldogs

Round 5 v North Melbourne

Round 7 v Essendon

Round 18 v Hawthorn

Round 23 v Essendon 

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs