Player Watch # 1: Andrew McGrath

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TonaldDrump

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You what? You asked a question, were given several reasonable answers and because it differs with your view you cry troll?

I seriously hope this a joke.
I was given one reasonable answer. The other person insulted me.
 

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Obviously doesn’t have himself in SuperCoach. Went backwards from halfway through the third when we needed him most. Looked the goods before that.
 

Lore

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Don't think there's any question he'll be selected (re the thread title).
Didn't think there'd be much question about Langford either when he got to 49 games but with the way we're resting players this year, who the heck knows :p
 

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Cold Sober

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The kids a keeper, will only get better.
 

yaco55

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The worry is McGrath has spent more time back than in the midfield in the last two weeks - He needs more time in the midfield to determine if this is his best position.
 

owen87

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The worry is McGrath has spent more time back than in the midfield in the last two weeks - He needs more time in the midfield to determine if this is his best position.
Disagree, think we need him down back at the moment and to push McKenna upfield. Don’t think we need to rush him playing full-time mid at all, he’s damaging off the half-back line with clean ball use and can actually use his run with some space in front of him.

He’s not an explosive 3-4 step kind of player like Shiel is (yet anyway) and think he’s a lot more valuable off half back for the time being.
 

MightyDons4

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The worry is McGrath has spent more time back than in the midfield in the last two weeks - He needs more time in the midfield to determine if this is his best position.
It's not. He's always been better down back.
 

kelvin_sheedy

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Has developed that Essendon midfielder trait of the last 10 years. When he has a chance to impact a contest he pauses and thinks the opposition is going to move it on quickly but when they don't do that he then puts on the afterburners to impact but all too late then.

The best teams don't have any of these players. shoolboy football and someone needs to shake it out of the group.
 

TheGreatBarryB

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Has developed that Essendon midfielder trait of the last 10 years. When he has a chance to impact a contest he pauses and thinks the opposition is going to move it on quickly but when they don't do that he then puts on the afterburners to impact but all too late then.

The best teams don't have any of these players. shoolboy football and someone needs to shake it out of the group.
I remember Gavin Wanganeen having that problem first few years as well, probably why Sheeds kept him back. Not saying McGrath will ever be as good as Wanganeen, just that this happens to third year 20 year olds
 

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Possibly his biggest issue at the moment is spending it before he’s got it. When the heats on he tends to be looking up at the next chain of play that he can create a millisecond before the ball is in his hands. His composure and surety is still a way off. When it clicks though...
 

Vindicater

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Happy we have him but man I remember being sad we did not draft McCluggage and that sadness has not changed.

McGrath will be a solid 250 gamer and a champion of the club but McClug looks like going to another level.
 
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