- Sep 21, 2012
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Piggy Smith, SFG, Heat, Raiders
I suspect it’s moreso to do with our strength and conditioning and individual resilience than anything else.Not questioning his effort or endurance, though surprised about the high speed stat. Just looks to have lost his acceleration.
Since we moved to the dome I'm struggling to think of midfielders we've had who didnt come to a standstill in their late 20s. The saga makes it difficult to draw definite conclusions on Watson, Hocking, Stanton and Myers, but before that we had JJ and Pev.
Genuinely concerned about the impact playing on the harder surface is having.
Plenty of Etihad based teams have had players play long. Stanton and Watson would have gone 270 odd but for the suspensions and Goddard played 330 odd based at Etihad on a reconstructed knee.
I’m not convinced it’s more than natural attrition with him. He’s not as quick as he was but people saying he’s done need to get their hand off it. His form completely correlates with where he’s used. Behind the ball bad, wing/half forward good.