Whether its because punters think Buddy will be wrapped up in his wedding or that Tex’s mulletless haircut will make him more aerodynamic is anyones guess, but either way the fact remains that Taylor Walker has been the best backed player with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au to win the Coleman Medal this year.

Punters are tipping the captaincy title will sit well with Walker, with more money coming for him at $12 despite Buddy Franklin being the $4.25 favourite.

Tex is the best backed overall with 67% more bets on him than Buddy, but it may not be for long, with punters keen on Mitch Clark following his remarkable NAB Challenge campaign.

The former Lion and Demons forward has had his odds halved over the last three weeks, in from $51 to $26, with only Walker and Buddy receiving more money to win.

“Buddy is set for a big year, but punters are looking for value with Tex. Clark wasn’t even in the conversation three weeks ago but he is now a genuine chance,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson.

Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au: Coleman Medal Winner
$4.25 Buddy Franklin
$7.00 Jarryd Roughead
$8.00 Jack Riewoldt
$9.00 Josh Kennedy
$12 Taylor Walker, Tom Hawkins
$14 Jack Gunston, Kurt Tippett
$15 Jay Schulz, Travis Cloke
$17 Jeremy Cameron
$18 Matthew Pavlich
$21 Jake Carlisle
$26 Hayden Ballantyne, Mitch Clark
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