Delisted #11: Will "Meatball" Snelling - Delisted 25/10

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"Snell is going really well, getting to the end stage of his rehab as well and into that performance block. He's integrating back into skills now, he's tracking just behind Langers in terms of his return to play. Hopefully we'll see him in a couple of weeks." (note: Langford is supposed to get some game time next week, so Snelling probably slated for the week after.)

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So we had a calf injury in the pre-season, he came in and played round 4 before getting subbed off with another calf injury. 3 days later they tell us it's a "medium term" calf injury and they'll manage it conservatively. Medium term being ~4-6 weeks (more than 6 weeks and you're eligible to go on the LTI list).

Then the week after that (after R5) we're told he's "unlikely" to return before the bye.

A month later they're still saying the same thing (after round 9).

After round 10 his ETA changed to "soon" after the bye, and he's building up his training volumes. So not immediately after the bye, meaning the week after that at the earliest. At this point it's been 6 weeks, the bye is round 11, and round 12 is the first week after the bye. So the ETA of round 13 means his injury lay off will be a minimum of 9 weeks.

Then this week they tell us he's "behind Langford", who is slated to play footy in round 14. So now the ETA is round 15, a 10 week injury layoff?


Did he reinjure it again or get some kind of additional scan that turned out to be more severe than initially thought? Or is he doing a four-week 'performance block' like Stringer/Langford seem to have done before he's allowed back, perhaps indicating a change in policy for the fitness department? 🤔
 
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So we had a calf injury in the pre-season, he came in and played round 4 before getting subbed off with another calf injury. 3 days later they tell us it's a "medium term" calf injury and they'll manage it conservatively. Medium term being ~4-6 weeks (more than 6 weeks and you're eligible to go on the LTI list).

Then the week after that (after R5) we're told he's "unlikely" to return before the bye.

A month later they're still saying the same thing (after round 9).

After round 10 his ETA changed to "soon" after the bye, and he's building up his training volumes. So not immediately after the bye, meaning the week after that at the earliest. At this point it's been 6 weeks, the bye is round 11, and round 12 is the first week after the bye. So the ETA of round 13 means his injury lay off will be a minimum of 9 weeks.

Then this week they tell us he's "behind Langford", who is slated to play footy in round 13. So now the ETA is round 14, a 10 week injury layoff?


Did he reinjure it again or get some kind of additional scan that turned out to be more severe than initially thought? Or is he doing a four-week 'performance block' like Stringer/Langford seem to have done before he's allowed back, perhaps indicating a change in policy for the fitness department? 🤔
It's round 13 this week. Langford will probably be sub/play VFL in round 14 (St. Kilda/Sandringham) and Snelling the same for West Coast/Williamstown.

Hoping that they're able to fly the players back the morning of the Willy game as it starts at 3.
 
Did he reinjure it again or get some kind of additional scan that turned out to be more severe than initially thought? Or is he doing a four-week 'performance block' like Stringer/Langford seem to have done before he's allowed back, perhaps indicating a change in policy for the fitness department? 🤔

Could be the realisation that the season has well and truly gone so they might as well get them back to 100% prior to bringing them in instead of the usual 90% then gain match conditioning.
 
It's round 13 this week. Langford will probably be sub/play VFL in round 14 (St. Kilda/Sandringham) and Snelling the same for West Coast/Williamstown.

Hoping that they're able to fly the players back the morning of the Willy game as it starts at 3.
My bad. So that's actually worse.
 
Restricted minutes in the VFL
“’Snell’ is on the back end of his rehab block and into the performance block now,” Murphy said.

“He’ll actually play some game minutes this week. it’ll be a little bit restricted, but it might be over three quarters of a game. We’re excited to see him back out there this weekend.
 
“It’ll be a little bit restricted but it might be over three quarters of a game”
I interpret that as over the period of 3 quarters of the game.
 
Will Snelling

Key stats: 12 disposals, three marks, five tackles

“He played three quarters. He came on at quarter time and like Langford, his first contest was a big tackle on their ruckman Tom Campbell. It was really good to see his defensive impact throughout the game, but also, he won enough of the ball, won his one-on-one contests, made good decisions and his skill execution was good. It wasn’t a high-possession game, but everything he did was classy. It was great to see him back and his leadership in helping set up the young guys was awesome to watch.”
 

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Lucky we won. He probably stays in now he has had a couple of games but for form he really should have had another couple of VFL games .
 
Who is he holding out? We were forced to play the corpse of Devon Smith as a small forward at times this year.
That is not the point.
They could have given Hird a go for consistency in the VFL. Could have played Menzie.
There has to be some rewards for the players doing good things in the VFL.
 
I love his effort but cannot see what he really offers going forward. He just gets overpowered every time he has the ball.
A lot do not see it. He has not done anything this year but he has been out forever. What he offers is the ability to be in the right spots defensively. Pressure inside 50 and when he is up and going he is a good link player and handy around goals. Going forward someone will go past him but he has been the blue collar team man we have not had a lot of.
 
A lot do not see it. He has not done anything this year but he has been out forever. What he offers is the ability to be in the right spots defensively. Pressure inside 50 and when he is up and going he is a good link player and handy around goals. Going forward someone will go past him but he has been the blue collar team man we have not had a lot of.
Essendon's Kane Lambert.

Glad he's back, he'll keep getting better every week he plays. Eventually someone may push him out of the team but until then he sets the standard for working hard up and down the ground.
 

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