Recruited from: Tongala/Bendigo Pioneers/Victoria Country
Touted as the presumptive No.1 pick in the 2023 draft for nearly 18 months, Reid pieced together a dominant season to cement his status as the clear best player from this year’s pool. A powerful and explosive midfielder who can push forward and take a big mark, the Tongala product has handled the hype – and comparisons to the likes of Dustin Martin and Christian Petracca - brilliantly with his laid-back, live-in-the-moment attitude and love of the game. The 18-year-old played for six teams this year – including VFL for Essendon and Carlton – and was Vic Country’s MVP at the national under-18s championships after averaging 20 disposals, 13 contested possessions, a carnival-high seven clearances, while kicking 5.6, to also earn back-to-back All-Australian honours. A household name before even being drafted, Reid’s character has shone through during a year where his life and football has been dissected from every angle. He is a complete prospect who enjoys the crunch moments and appears readymade to step up and play AFL early next season.