The omission of Richmond star Tim Taranto has become the biggest talking point of the 44-man All Australian squad released on Monday, while the decision not to include a couple of Cats also raised eyebrows.
Richmond recruit Taranto finished the 2023 season ranked as elite in disposals, kicks, tackles and clearances in AFL Ratings, but was overlooked in favour of the likes of Freo’s Caleb Serong, Gold Coast’s Noah Anderson, Hawthorn’s Jai Newcombe, GWS’ Tom Green and Stephen Coniglio, and Melbourne’s Jack Viney.
Richmond great Matthew Richardson was particularly critical of the call on Taranto, as he claimed the midfielder was “ extremely close” to selection before his “very, very stiff” omission four weeks later.
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