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    Welcome #??: Kaine Baldwin - New rookie “the best key forward in his age group” (no pressure)

    If he stays injury free, it means we're sorted for KPPs. We were missing that strong contested marking forward. Not just Dodoro. He could have been a first-round pick if not for the two ACLs. Worth a shot with nothing to lose.
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    General Bombers Talk Non-Essendon Football Thread XIV

    It's preseason. Preseason is always more open than the real season, but I'd prefer the game to be more open than seeing 34 players on one side of the ground.
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    General Bombers Talk Non-Essendon Football Thread XIV

    Much better than the rubbish contested, 6 goals a piece defensive scrum that we've seen lately. I'd rather it resemble basketball than rugby.
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    AFL 2021 - 5 Predictions for your Team

    1. Teams end of round 23 ladder position - 15th 2. Teams percentage (+/- 3 %) - 79 3. Teams Brownlow count leader - Zach Merrett - 18 4. Teams Leading goalkicker, incl. goals kicked - Walla - 32 5. Teams AA selections - Merrett
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    The difference between Kelly and Gibbs to Dunkley is that both were among their best players going to a club in contention. They didn't request a trade for more opportunity. They were the star players at their respective clubs. What Bev does with Dunkley will dictate how much we need to pay. If...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Yeah we could be, but I doubt Oliver is interested. If Cripps goes, Carlton could hand Melbourne the picks + use Cripps money on Oliver. It was rumoured that Carlton were interested in him last trade period so I can see them make a play. That's technically how it is, but it wouldn't work in a...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Nah they'd be all over Clayton Oliver who is OOC.
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Yes he did, but I don't think it's the wisest thing to say, especially when you're talking about Dunkley's form. It's hard to sell your discard mid for top price. Like the other poster suggested, saying Dunkley is more versatile is a reasonable argument and makes him more valuable. Keep it at...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    That would be a perfect response as to why Dunkley isn't playing as a mid. I agree with that because he can be just as effective on the inside as the others. He is better and more versatile than the others outside of the midfield... Except Bev said that Dunkley's position as a mid is up for...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Yes it's just a passing comment and I doubt Dunkley reads anything into it, but Bev should have seen the shitstorm coming. Media training is a thing for a reason. Give a diplomatic response to the question and move on. Last I checked, Dunkley had a great preseason. I didn't realise he was down...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    I don't think Essendon are a chance for any of them. I'd prefer we used our picks in the draft to build a solid core of young players, but I'd like Dunkley of course for a reasonable price. Our competitors for Dunkley like Carlton, Hawthorn, St Kilda could be a chance for those players though...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Bont turned it over most of the time and Smith was missing, which is fine because it was a meaningless practice match. Not really sure what publicly singling Dunkley out achieves. Merrett will likely leave if we finish bottom 4. That's a top 5 pick in a strong draft of mids you'd be asking for...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Which is my point. He is, but he needs to keep that in check. It'll be to the detriment of the club if he does anything to diminish Dunkley's trade value. If Dunkley is ready to win back respect from the club, then he should give him the support and space to do that. Publicly calling him out...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Dunkley for example was asked about it today and he spoke about his form and the rest of the team, which to me shows that he is aware of his comments. I'll stop short of saying it was a direct response to Bevo's comments. It was one meaningless preseason scratch match and Bevo goes out of his...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    You don't see a problem with that, but it doesn't matter how you see it. How does Dunkley feel about it when he is trying to move on? A diplomatic response keeps the peace. Dunkley probably already feels a bit awkward, so publicly statements that single his form out and puts his spot in...
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    List Mgmt. Trade & Free Agency IX

    Yes. Done deal. Put Dunkley on ice.
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    List Mgmt. Trade & Free Agency IX

    I'd definitely give a first rounder based on potential alone even if Dunkley has a season like last year (unless he has a major season ending injury), but it has to be a reasonable deal. If Bevo plays around with Dunkley, then it's unreasonable to expect us to give up a top 10 pick. I'd be ok...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Yeah he probably felt a little betrayed given his close relationship to Dunkley, but as a coach, you just can't take these things to heart. Relationship might improve once the season begins and they start winning together. Beveridge needs to wisen up and stop going on his emotions for Dunkley...
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    Contracted Josh Dunkley [OOC 2022] - 2021 thread

    Yeah not really a wise move by Bevo, though he didn't really phrase it like that. I think it was strange for him to single out Dunkley's performance in a scratch match when plenty of players like Smith and Bont were poor. Even if the media ask questions, a diplomatic, boring and cliche response...