Junior Club: Leongatha (VIC)
AFL Debut: 2005
Recruited from: Gippsland U18
Brownlow votes: 50
Is he still primarily a key forward or has he morphed into the largest and most powerful midfielder in the competition? He kicked 50 goals in 2015 compared with 75 and 72 the previous two seasons and spent considerably more time in the midfield where he ranked fifth (74) in clearances and second (226) in contested possessions. He has become Alastair Clarkson’s go-to man when the Hawks need a timely clearance. Roughead celebrated his fourth flag in 2015 and this one was particularly hard-earned after a traumatic period mid-season when he missed two games after having a melanoma removed from his lip.
Player honours: 2nd best and fairest 2013; 3rd best and
fairest 2014; All-Australian 2013, 2014; International Rules Series 2015; Coleman Medal 2013; leading goalkicker 2013, 2014; NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2005; premiership sides 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Brownlow Medal: 2015 votes 9; career votes 50.
Draft history: 2004 NAB AFL Draft priority selection (Hawthorn) No. 2 overall.