The fall and rise of the key forward a testament to faster, freer AFL | Scott Heinrich

The fall and rise of the key forward a testament to faster, freer AFL | Scott Heinrich

The Guardian

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They were declared endangered but the big blokes have reawakened thanks to this season’s new rules

“The key forward used to be the most coveted position in the game,” Nick Riewoldt said on Triple M days before the start of the 2021 premiership season. It was more a lament than a statement. The former St Kilda captain, one of the game’s great key forwards, was speaking of an apparently irredeemable shift in the game’s hard wiring that had quickened his kind to the brink of extinction.

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