Recruited from: Northern Knights
Brownlow Votes: 3
Consistent without being outstanding for most of the season across half-back, Grimes played his best game in round four when Melbourne defeated Carlton. A hamstring injury plagued him for the last five rounds, with his only game in that time being an unsuccessful return in round 21. Courageous, team-oriented and reliable, he plays his best football when winning one-on-ones and running off his opponent. Has decided to stand down as co-captain to concentrate on his game.
Player honours: 2nd best and fairest 2012; NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2009; co-captain 2012-14.
Brownlow Medal: career votes 9.
Draft history: 2007 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (Melbourne) No. 14 overall.