On-baller Jay Boyle has been named Adelaide’s best development player in 2021, winning the Dean Bailey Award.

The 23-year-old has played 16 SANFL games this season - the most of Adelaide’s development players - and has averaged 12.9 disposals, 2.9 clearances, and booted six goals.

He starred during the Round 18 clash against Central District at Elizabeth Oval in which he relished in the midfield, amassing 25 possessions, six clearances and seven inside-50s.

Boyle was recruited from Adelaide Footy League Club Brighton Bombers, but also lined up in five League games for Glenelg in 2017.

The Dean Bailey Award assesses on-field performance, dedication to training and overall commitment to the team in honour of the late Strategy and Innovations coach’s passion for nurturing young footballers.

The award returned in 2021 after the Crows did not take part in the 2020 SANFL season due to Covid-19.

Reliable defender Matt Merrett took home the award in 2019.

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Dean Bailey Award: Jay Boyle

Jay Boyle has won this year's Dean Bailey Award for the being the SANFL sides best development squad player.

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SANFL development squad members 2021

Jay Boyle - 16 games
Oliver Davis - 11 games
Riley Clamp - 6 games
Sam Renney - 1 game
Sam Kennedy - 4 games
Jack Lewis - 2 games
Matthew Wright - 14 games
Chris Hall - 6 games
Daniel Jackson - 4 games
James Matthews - 12 games
Hamish Latchford - 15 games
Oliver Clarke - 10 games
Tim Baccanello - 6 games
Hayden Kernnahan - 3 games
Mitchell Marini - 11 games
Matthew Merrett - 7 games
Max Hodges - 2 games
Ben Salt - 4 games
Cameron Hutchens - 1 game
Bailey Marshman - 3 games
Sam Tharaldsen - 2 games
Jake Cook - 5 games
Lachlan Matthews - 9 games

Dean Bailey Award winners

2014 – Michael O'Malley
2015 – Matthew Spencely
2016 – Luke Carey
2017 – Lachlan Murphy
2018 – Corey Davey
2019 – Matt Merrett
2021 - Jay Boyle