This Grand Final Will Feature Its Least Experienced Player In 14 Years

How's this for a start!

This Grand Final Will Feature Its Least Experienced Player In 14 Years (Image: Getty)

How's this for a start to an AFL career!

Richmond midfielder Jack Graham will line up for the Tigers on Saturday in just his fifth AFL game.

It will make the 19-year-old one of the least experienced grand final players in recent memory.

Brisbane's Richard Hadley, who was playing his fourth AFL game when the Lions triumphed way back in 2003, is the last player to feature in a grand final having played so few games.

Only then-Hawthorn ruckman Brent Renouf, playing his eighth game in 2008, has featured in a grand final since then with under 10 games of experience.

After battling an ankle injury, Graham has forced his way into the seniors after some impressive VFL form, debuting against Fremantle in round 22 and holding his spot since then.

Graham has averaged 13.5 disposals, eight tackles and 6.5 contested possessions as a midfielder/forward in those four games, with the Tigers winning all of them.

Reasonable start!

Recent grand finalists with under 10 games of experience

Jack Graham (Richmond, 5th game, 2017)

Brent Renouf (Hawthorn, 8th game, 2008)

Richard Hadley (Brisbane, 4th game, 2003)

Shannon Motlop (North Melbourne, 7th game, 1999)

Ben Marsh (Adelaide, 9th game, 1998)

Aaron Keating (Adelaide, 3 games, 1997)

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