Despite an interrupted pre-season following neck surgery – to fix a prolapsed disc – Jones battled on to produce another consistent season in 2016. The skipper averaged a career-high 28.1 disposals a game and greatly bene ted from the development of Jack Viney and Dom Tyson in the mid eld. Jones finished second in the best and fairest behind Viney and continued to lead the club with great energy and pride. A warrior in the engine room, Jones’ loyalty to the cause is unwavering. In February 2017, Jones and Viney were named co-captains.
Player honours: best and fairest 2012, 2013, 2014; 2nd best and fairest 2007, 2016; NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2006, 2007; co-captain 2014, 2017; captain 2015.
Brownlow Medal: 2016 votes 11; career votes 67
Draft history: 2005 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (Melbourne) No. 12 overall