Despite stiff competition, the young mid elder held his spot for much of the season in 2016 and capped a big turnaround in his career trajectory. Harmes, who was almost delisted by the Demons at the end of 2014, earned the round seven nomination for the NAB AFL Rising Star award after kicking three goals from half-back to go with a career-best 26 disposals. Elevated to the senior list before the 2016 season, Harmes is competitive, enthusiastic and isn’t afraid of putting his body on the line for his team.
Player honours: AFL Rising Star nominee 2016.
Brownlow medal: 2016 votes 2; career votes 2.
Draft history: 2014 Rookie Draft selection (Melbourne) No. 2; 2015 NAB AFL Draft rookie elevation (Melbourne).