The Law Hawks
Junior Club: East Burwood (VIC)
Clubs: North Melbourne
Recruited from: North Melbourne
Brownlow votes: 17
No third Peter Crimmins Medal and no All-Australian selection, but the highlights kept coming for Gibson in 2016, especially a 44-possession effort against West Coast in round two, which included his first goal as a Hawk. Gibson was forced to spend more time as a key defender, but his third-man-up efforts and spoiling still came to the fore. Teams put more time into negating Gibson last year and the Hawks must find ways to release him more in 2017. Gibson will be 33 entering the season and is contracted for only this year.
Player honours: Best and fairest 2013, 2015; 2nd best and fairest 2011; All-Australian 2015; All-Australian nominee 2011, 2013; premiership sides 2013, 2014, 2015.
Brownlow Medal: 2016 votes 10; career votes 27.
Previous AFL club: North Melbourne (2006-09: 65 games, 2 goals).
Draft history: 2005 Rookie Draft selection (North Melbourne) No. 7; 2005 rookie elevation (North Melbourne); 2009 NAB AFL Draft traded by North Melbourne for No. 25 (Aaron Black) and No. 41 (Ayden Kennedy).