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Ricky Mangidis  March 17, 2017 12:11 PM

The unknown will be a large part of North’s 2017 campaign; youngsters who are new to AFL level will be given every opportunity to prove themselves alongside the club’s experienced core.

That fact is reflected in Champion Data’s player ratings for the season in their AFL Prospectus.

Few clubs have as many senior listed players in the ‘unknown’ category, which is reserved for those who have made less than 10 AFL appearances in the previous two seasons.

Ryan Clarke and Corey Wagner are the two closest to jumping out of ‘unknown’ after six and four matches respectively last season.

Several key-position players also feature, with defenders Sam Durdin and Ed Vickers-Willis looking close AFL debuts after promising pre-season form.

Who will make the biggest jump from the ‘unknown’ category by the end of 2017?

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Elsewhere in the list, Todd Goldstein is North’s lone elite player according to Champion Data, with six more Roos in the above average category.

Come round one though, the ratings will mean little to the Kangaroos’ players when the ball is bounced for the first time.

The Champion Data ratings

Elite: Todd Goldstein

Above average: Robbie Tarrant, Jamie Macmillan, Ben Brown, Shaun Higgins, Jarrad Waite, Ben Cunnington

Average: Mason Wood, Jack Ziebell, Lindsay Thomas, Scott Thompson, Andrew Swallow, Shaun Atley, Marley Williams, Sam Wright

Below average: Luke McDonald, Majak Daw, Trent Dumont, Sam Gibson, Lachlan Hansen, Taylor Garner, Nathan Hrovat, Kayne Turner

Poor: Jed Anderson, Aaron Mullett, Ben Jacobs

Unknown: Ryan Clarke, Braydon Preuss, Ed Vickers-Willis, Daniel Nielson, Sam Durdin, Paul Ahern, Mitchell Hibberd, Declan Mountford, Corey Wagner, Ben McKay, Jy Simpkin, Nick Larkey, Josh Williams, Declan Watson

How the ratings are determined

Elite: Top 10 per cent of position
Above average: Top 35 per cent of position
Average: Middle 30 per cent of position
Below average: Bottom 35 per cent of position
Poor: Bottom 10 per cent of position
Unknown: Less than 10 games played in the last two seasons