Player Watch #13: Jared Polec - NMFC exchange pick 11 & 2019 4th rd for Polec, Pittard & #48

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And as for talking up the coach when retiring, as if anyone would burn a bridge and sledge the coach on the way out.
No. That would never happen...

A disillusioned Darren Jolly has conceded his AFL career is over after failing to be selected in Wednesday's pre-season or rookie drafts, but not without some fierce parting shots at the manner in which it ended, and in particular towards Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley...

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/af...athan-buckley-as-a-coward-20131127-2yagc.html
 

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Playing close to the line doesn't mean he was troubled. As for buying into the North Culture...yeah, all our players are model citizens! No one is troubled at all. Spank my arse and **** me dead. And didn't Waite spend good chunks of time in defense at Carlton?

And as for talking up the coach when retiring, as if anyone would burn a bridge and sledge the coach on the way out.
Mate, this one comes across as nitpicking, and reacting for reacting's sake, even taking into account your anti-Brad bias.

The essence of kofr's quote below is on the money.

I think he was suspended once at Nth, maybe 11 times at Carlton? An indication he was troubled.

He himself stated:
I’ve averaged nearly three goals a game while I’ve been (at North), so I can’t really do much more than what I have.

“Yeah obviously a few issues when I was younger, but there was other things going on behind doors”

So yeah. He was suspended less, kicked more goals on average at Nth and said he had issues when younger at his previous club.

Indicates he bought into he Nth culture and we got he beat out of him. He was a Nth man when he retired. Very thankful for the influence of ‘brain dead Brad and clearly stated he was the best coach he ever had and the only one who ‘got him’ (if I remember correctly from his retirement press conference).

He was clearly better performed defensively and more team oriented too.
kangatime, Jarrad held a high opinion of Brad and his influence on his NMFC career and, injuries aside, performed consistently and well at North which he acknowledged he hadn't done earlier in his career, hence his comments about being regarded as an enigma at CFC. No one has said our culture is perfect anymore than W80's career at North was light years better than at Carlton. But he loved it at North, he loved Brad and felt he got the best out of himself with us. [When Jarrad first came to North he made similar comments about Brad by the way, but back then I thought it was as much a dig at Malthouse.]

Anyway, enough of this talk of Jarrad. How about that Jared fella?
 

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really standing out along with Higgins with his run, carry and ball use.

He is going to be an absolute weapon.

Hasn't missed a training session since being at the club.
Good news. Particularly in light of the concern shown by some PA supporters that his leg may need to be amputated by end of February.
 

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Pfffft, as if!
North Melbourne's Jared Polec ready to meet expectation

By Peter Ryan
February 13, 2019 — 2.51pm

The silky left foot of high-profile North Melbourne recruit Jared Polec has travelled across three clubs and into three states during an AFL career that began at the Brisbane Lions in 2011.During a troubled period at the Lions he never had the chance to show his best while in five years at Port Adelaide, his best was as good as any of the competition's elite wingmen.

Unfortunately Polec wasn't at his peak every week at the Power so when the crunch came they weren't prepared to outbid North Melbourne for his services. The Kangaroos then traded out pick 11 and a late future pick to get Polec, his fellow Port teammate Jasper Pittard and pick 48 to strengthen their outside run.

Now landed at the Kangaroos, aged just 26 and with 106 games behind him, Polec is reaching what should be his peak years and showed his class in an intra-club hitout in his new colours on Wednesday morning. He knows his journey means everyone will be watching him closely to see whether the Kangaroos investment in him is worthwhile. But his understated responses to the questions put to him after the match showed Polec is not likely to get caught up in navel gazing. "I guess there is a little bit of expectation," Polec said.

He will do what he needs to do to make the team better, his football knowledge impressing, and in some instances, surprising the Kangaroos' hierarchy during his first pre-season at the club. How long it takes for him to be at his best is a question he can't answer until, he says, "the games come around". But already he feels comfortable with his teammates on and off the field and that he has made the right decision. "The pre-season has been one of the hardest I have done for a while ... the competitiveness early on ... there was no holding back," Polec said. That competitiveness was evident during the hitout with defender Sam Wright dislocating a finger when emerging forward Nick Larkey cannoned into his back while flying for a mark. Wright recovered but Larkey spent some time on the ground before being removed from the game with what may have been concussion.

With Todd Goldstein missing for personal reasons, Shaun Higgins and Paul Ahern being managed and Jack Ziebell, Jasper Pittard and Mason Wood still nursing calf injuries the game wasn't full of the Kangaroos' best. However first-year player Tarryn Thomas showed he has some tricks and kicked a beautiful goal late in the game while Dom Tyson was busy early. Aaron Hall's speed from a stoppage will be useful with the new rules yet to make an impact. Polec says he just needs to play a role but he also knows that what comes with moving clubs is a certain level of pressure, the Kangaroos hoping to push into the finals as a result of their postseason acquisitions.

"We have brought in players to make a difference so hopefully we can get up there," Polec said.

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...eady-to-meet-expectation-20190213-p50xhs.html
 

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Noticed that in the presser filmed today he looked FAR more confident and outgoing than he did in the first one he did when he came to the club. Seems to be really comfortable now, and I imagine a really important part of that was mentioned himself, when he spoke about how good the culture is and how tight-knit the lads are with each other. I imagine that kind of atmosphere would always make it easier for blokes entering those social circles for the first time.
 

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Will cut teams to pieces this year.

We’ve been seeking his type for a decade. With respect to Dal Santo etc, Polec is an elite wingman entering his prime with some of the best footskills in the league.

Teams will put all their time into Higgins, he’s going to absolutely **** shit up based on today alone.
 
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Ive always gotten the vibe that Polec is not really a 'club' man type of guy, just a mercenary who will play wherever if the deal is right and he gets to play in his preferred position. I'm saying this ofcourse with zero proof but given how his career has played out it leads me to believe this way.

But he's with us for the next 5 years, so I hope we can turn him into a loyal North player.
I think we're starting to convert him already..
 

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Based on that one JLT game it is entirely possible that he was a better fit for us than Gaff, would have been nice to have both, but Polec fills a huge weakness for us and does it at a high level. He was fantastic yesterday.

The commentators pointing out how he always positioned himself in a spot to give a team mate a bail out was interesting and eye opening once you started looking for it. He was always in the perfect spot, it was astounding, and makes you realise just how much we missed something like that in the team.
 

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Based on that one JLT game it is entirely possible that he was a better fit for us than Gaff, would have been nice to have both, but Polec fills a huge weakness for us and does it at a high level. He was fantastic yesterday.

The commentators pointing out how he always positioned himself in a spot to give a team mate a bail out was interesting and eye opening once you started looking for it. He was always in the perfect spot, it was astounding, and makes you realise just how much we missed something like that in the team.
Part of being a great winger is being that bail out handball and hes a specialist winger. Agree though.
 

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Part of being a great winger is being that bail out handball and hes a specialist winger. Agree though.
It's not that he was there for the bail out handball, which is a given. It was more that he was always in the right spot for it.

Many wingers are just sort of... in the area. But he was always exactly where he needed to be to give the absolute easiest bail out possible.
 

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It's not that he was there for the bail out handball, which is a given. It was more that he was always in the right spot for it.

Many wingers are just sort of... in the area. But he was always exactly where he needed to be to give the absolute easiest bail out possible.
Gibbo was excellent at that as well. Obviously the problem with Gibbo was what happened when he had the ball, which is the complete opposite to Polec. For all his faults, Gibbo was outstanding positionally on both defensive and offensive transition.
 

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It's not that he was there for the bail out handball, which is a given. It was more that he was always in the right spot for it.

Many wingers are just sort of... in the area. But he was always exactly where he needed to be to give the absolute easiest bail out possible.
Yeah agree.
 
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