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Laird into Players' Top 50

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 6: Rory Laird of the Crows poses for a photograph during the Adelaide Crows 2018 official team photo day at AAMI Stadium on March 6, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Prolific half-back Rory Laird has been recognised by his peers, ranked at No. 49 in this year’s AFL Players’ Top 50.

Laird enjoyed a standout campaign in 2017, averaging a career-best 30 disposals at an elite 81 per cent efficiency.

The 24-year-old earned a maiden All Australian blazer and a third-place finish in the Crows Club Champion award, cementing himself as one of the competition's premier rebounding defenders.

Every player in the competition was asked to rank the best 50 players in the League, with the results collated and ready for reveal in the lead-up to Round One.

Laird is the first Crow to feature in this year’s standings.

Rory Laird presented with his All Australian blazer by Brent Harvey

Rory Laird

Last year's ranking: -
Official AFL Player Rating: 78
Debut: 2013
Games: 101
AFL Fantasy value: $707,000

The Adelaide backman was underrated for a period but has won over the respect of the competition after earning a reputation as a prolific ball-winner. He finished third in last year's best and fairest as the Crows made the Grand Final and only once did he pick up fewer than 20 disposals. After consecutive years of making the squad, Laird was recognised in the Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team for the first-time last season.