Player Watch #12: Jy Simpkin -

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I'll say until all you campaigners agree with me

All that sideways movement is wasted by sticking him on a forward flank. Watch a contest in the second quarter last night where he ******* materialises through a pack. The kid is absolute smoke in congestion
 

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All that sideways movement is wasted by sticking him on a forward flank. Watch a contest in the second quarter last night where he ******* materialises through a pack. The kid is absolute smoke in congestion
It's amazing to see. His lateral movement makes me think we pinched a rugby player. Doesn't have that 'time slows down' feel that Ahern and Cunnington possess but he has raw athleticism. Hard to describe but acceleration, agility, and reaction time rolled into one.
 

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I'll say until all you campaigners agree with me

All that sideways movement is wasted by sticking him on a forward flank. Watch a contest in the second quarter last night where he ******* materialises through a pack. The kid is absolute smoke in congestion
Been saying the same. Not enough pace or tricks in space for a good forward pocket, but he thrives in congestion.
 

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Was great to see him bursting through stoppages and opposition players. He tackled a Richmond player in the last quarter at pace, with a swinging arm - but within the rules - that was brutal to see live.
Watched the replay - with 8:03 to go in go in the last he smash tackled into Castagna but TV doesn't do it justice.
 

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If Jack played midfield consistently the way he played last week, then he'd make the AA squad at a bare minimum.
Jack is charging at contests again which makes him a weapon in the middle. I actually prefer the idea of playing around with Cunnington’s role right now. I think Cunnington can be even more damaging when he gets switched around.


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Don't jinx him Snake !
I have never really understood why arriving at a positive analysis seems to facilitate negative supernatural forces.

The judd comparison hasn't worked well in the past !

He was the best bit of the win against the tiges. He just seemed to grow another leg. I think hes starting to realise how good he could be
When I am referring to "Judd-like" I mean it in the sense that he's not far off consistently breaking from congestion and setting up attacking plays.
 

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I have never really understood why arriving at a positive analysis seems to facilitate negative supernatural forces.



When I am referring to "Judd-like" I mean it in the sense that he's not far off consistently breaking from congestion and setting up attacking plays.

twas tongue in cheek. But you are right he just seemed to float through the congestion. Not as quick as Judd though
 

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Moves too well in traffic to be pigeonholed as outside. He is tougher than his frame would have you think, and he's a hard little bastard as well. With some extra strength and some more conditioning I think he is an excellent balance of inside and outside, predominantly as part of the centre square mix

He probably doesn't have the pace Boomer did but he does read the footy well off hands as evidenced by the Goldstein read, so he's either a small forward (shown absolutely nothing to suggest he will succeed or need to succeed long term there) or a centre square midfielder

I think we've had the previous couple of seasons demonstrate that he does struggle to get to the right spots on a consistent basis when he's played on a HFF or outside the contest. Moving him into the centre square rotations and allowing him to hunt the footy has actually been one of the better coaching decisions made

Nice problem to have
The guy's physique is disproportionately developed below the waist compared to his upper body.
And he's tall enough to have his centre of balance perfectly balanced, to dance on his toes and shrugg tackles similar to the power mids in the game.

He has some unique genetics that'll give him a unique edge inside and outside.

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Played 86% forward on the weekend. Didn't attend a single centre bounce.

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Precisely why I view him as HF & mid, he's great at both areas. He's just been coached to play some stupid role he can't provide when Jy's entire performance relies on taking the game on.
 

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Precisely why I view him as HF & mid, he's great at both areas. He's just been coached to play some stupid role he can't provide when Jy's entire performance relies on taking the game on.

He could play anywhere except KPP & Ruck.
 

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Precisely why I view him as HF & mid, he's great at both areas. He's just been coached to play some stupid role he can't provide when Jy's entire performance relies on taking the game on.
Yep. A real difficult match up for a defender who has to tail him through heavy traffic and another 1 touch midfielder when he rolls in there. Win win.

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