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Mid-season awards

Season so far: Tom Papley SwansTV looks back on some the best moments of the first half of Tom Papley's 2019 season.

AFL.com.au reporter Cameron Noakes takes a look at who would be leading the Sydney Swans awards at the mid way point of the season.

Best and fairest
1. Luke Parker – You could throw a blanket over five but the new co-captain has had an exceptional past month. He was Sydney's standout player against Geelong and Essendon, and has featured in the best most weeks; on track for his third Bob Skilton Medal.

2. George Hewett – The stocks of this former 'run-with' player continue to rise. He now finds plenty of ball and was clear BOG against North.

3. Jake Lloyd – The reigning best-and-fairest winner gets the nod ahead of Tom Papley. Lloyd is having another stellar season (top three in the comp for disposals and total metres gained).

Recruit of the year: Ryan Clarke – The Swans recruits haven been disappointing, however, Clarke has shown he is clearly too good for NEAFL. It looks like he's found his place in the team as a tagger after stunning shutdown jobs on Shaun Higgins and Steele Sidebottom.

Most improved: Jordan Dawson – The Swans have rated Dawson for a while, but injury has held him back. He has a nice left leg, is brilliant overhead, he's brave, and versatile. He may well go past some of his more fancied teammates in a year or two. 

Rookie of the Year: Nick Blakey – The half-forward's class is there for all to see. He's surprisingly quick, has a huge leap, and is a really clever user by foot. Had 17 touches and five tackles against Essendon, and has kicked nine for the year – on track to take a massive hanger.

Goal of the year: Tom Papley, round seven v Brisbane. Papley has a few contenders. The one against the Lions where he paddles the ball forward and runs circles around Noah Answerth is the best.

Mark of the year: Isaac Heeney, round one v Western Bulldogs. Didn't take long for the 2018 MOTY winner to get on the board in 2019. He gets huge hang time on Bulldog Bailey Williams' back in the first couple of minutes of the first game of the season.