Jy Simpkin’s performances in 2020 were undoubtedly a highlight for many North Melbourne fans, as the 22-year-old took his game to the next level.
Playing predominantly in a midfield role, the number 12 had a career-best season in almost every statistical category.
Simpkin started the season in red-hot fashion, collecting at least 20 disposals in the first six rounds.
His strong form saw him receive more attention from opposing teams, and a lean patch followed, but he finished the season on a strong point, with a season-high 32 touches against West Coast.
Simpkin is as impressive off the field as he is on it, and is one of the Roos’ emerging young leaders, being the youngest member of the 2020 leadership group.
With all the attributes to become an elite AFL midfielder, Simpkin will be a key cog in the North engine room for many years to come.
By the numbers
Simpkin’s numbers were by far the best of his career to date.
Career-high numbers in disposals (20.2), tackles (3.7), and clearances (4.3) display his improvement and importance to the midfield.
Simpkin’s 74 clearances were the 18th most in the competition, with the Todd Goldstein the sole Roo ahead of him, while he was also the youngest player in the top 20.
The 22-year-old rated above average in the AFL for disposals, contested possessions, clearances, effective disposals and pressure acts.
For North, Simpkin tallied the second-most clearances, second-most contested possessions, second-most disposals, and the second-most pressure acts.
The big moment
Simpkin was immense in Round 3 defeat to Sydney, collecting 26 disposals, 8 clearances, 5 inside 50s, 4 tackles, and a goal.
What social said
Jy Simpkin is quickly becoming one of my favourite players to watch ?? #AFLNorthSwans— Fry (@byalexfry) June 20, 2020
Jy Simpkin's emergence is wonderful to watch.— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) June 20, 2020
Becoming a top level midfielder. #AFLNorthSwans