Something we already knew, but a nice piece
Michael Hurley elevates himself to top-shelf defender and leader
Right now, Hurley is the second best key defender in the game behind one man — Richmond’s Alex Rance.
“I definitely admire, almost envy him,’’ Hurley said.
“He’s the pinnacle of defensive players in the competition. By the time he finishes up he very well could (the best of all time).
“To watch him, you just marvel at the confidence in his game. He looks like he knows he’s going to win his one-on-ones regardless of who he’s playing on.
“And with that, he helps his teammates just as well as any player. He’s the best.
“He has a great balance of knowing where his man is and where the ball is and there’s no doubt, when he attacks he knows he’s going to get it.
“Just his hunger for the contest, his willingness to crack in and help and win contests most others won’t.
“I was watching him the other week against Sydney, it was the last quarter and he was everywhere, he was massive.’’
Only one player ranks higher in both aspects and that’s Rance.
“It’s hard to do both at elite level,’’ Hurley said, “and Rance is elite in both.”