Have your say, who's the KNTFL's greatest VFL/AFL player of all time?

KNTFL GREATS: Which player from the KNTFL is the best of the best?
KNTFL GREATS: Which player from the KNTFL is the best of the best?

The KNTFL has long been a breeding ground from some of the country's finest footballing talents.

Over the decades, there has been numerous players from the region that have crafted fantastic VFL/AFL careers, but who is the best footballing export from the KNTFL?

The Border Chronicle has compiled a short list of some of the league's greatest, and we want you to give your opinion on who reigns supreme, or who we missed out.


Lachie Neale


Arguably one of the best players in the AFL at the moment, Neale is many supporters favourite to win this year's Brownlow Medal. The Kybybolite product played 135 games for the Fremantle Dockers, before being traded to the Brisbane Lions, where he has since played 28 games for the club. Neale has won three club best-and-fairests and has been an All-Australian once. At the age of 27, he has plenty of time to add to his impressive resume.

Alastair Clarkson


An astute midfielder during his 134-game playing career with North Melbourne and Melbourne, Clarkson has gone on to earn plaudits as one of the most influential coaches in AFL/VFL history. Since taking the reins in 2005, he has led the Hawks to four premierships, becoming the club's most successful coach and a four-time All Australian coach in the process. Clarkson remains one of only two coaches to have won three straight premierships in the 21st century.

Glenn Hawker


A member of Essendon's healthy Wimmera contingent in the late 1970s, Hawker played 200 games for the Bombers, including in their 1984 and 1985 premiership sides. He also won the club's best-and-fairest in 1986. Hawker played 27 games at Carlton at the end of his career, finishing with a goal tally of 198.

Andrew McKay


There have been plenty of great footballers to come out of Lucindale and Andrew McKay might be the best of the group. The former Roo played 244 games for Carlton over a 10 year period, and was one of the league's best half-back flankers. McKay one a club best-and-fairest, four All-Australians and is a South Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Jack Redden


A player that very rarely gets external plaudits from the media, but Jack Redden has quietly carved out and outstanding AFL career. Redden was drafted to the Brisbane Lions and played 129 games before being traded to the West Coast Eagles, where he has since played 86 games. The former Keith Crow hasn't won many individual honours, but he played a crucial role in the Eagles' 2018 premiership side. He is considered one of the league's best tacklers.

Roger Merrett


One of the few players to play over 300 VFL/AFL games, Roger Merrett had a fantastic career with the Essendon Bombers (149 games) and Brisbane Bears (164). Merrett featured in the Bombers' 1984 and 1985 premiership sides, captained the Bears for six seasons and represented Victoria and Queensland in State of Origin. The Brisbane Lions' award for their best-and-fairest player over a season, the Merrett-Murray Medal, is part-named after him.

Honourable mentions: Aaron Fiora (Naracoorte), Jack Trengove (Kybybolite), Michael Taylor (Kingston), Simon Cox (Keith), Phil Carman (Edenhope), Lincoln McCarthy (Bordertown), David Grenvold (Bordertown).