THE nominations are in for the 2020 AFL Players’ Association MVP awards. 

Three players from each club are nominated for the most valuable player each season, as well as one player from club for Most Courageous, Best First Year and Best Captain.


New Blue Jack Martin has been nominated alongside Sam Walsh and Jacob Weitering for the MVP category.

Martin’s nomination comes after a stellar first year in the Navy Blue, with the former Sun slotting seamlessly into the Carlton line-up. 

The 25-year-old has continuously added a touch of class and excitement since arriving at Ikon Park.

Playing across the midfield and the forward line, Martin has averaged just shy of 14 disposals a game, four marks and three tackles while also kicking 12 goals for the year – four of which came in his Carlton debut in Round 1.

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Walsh and Weitering’s achievements in 2020 should also not be overlooked, with Walsh carrying on from his 2019 NAB Rising Star Award winning season and Weitering pushing for an All-Australian selection come the end of year.

Weitering is joined by fellow defender Liam Jones who has been nominated for the Most Courageous award, while Sam Philp is in line to receive Best First Year player.

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The three Blues will be looking to follow in the footsteps of co-captain Patrick Cripps who took home the 2019 AFL Players’ Association MVP award and became just the fourth Blue to win the coveted Leigh Matthew Trophy alongside Carlton champions Greg Williams, Chris Judd and Anthony Koutoufides. 

The award will be announced by the AFL Players’ Association on 24 September.

Carlton’s AFLPA MVP Nominations:  

MVP: Jack Martin, Sam Walsh, Jacob Weitering

Most Courageous: Liam Jones

Best First Year: Sam Philp

Captain: Patrick Cripps, Sam Docherty