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

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To understand Jared Polecs game requires watching plays that involve him around the contest or involved several times over. It's the kind of game that yes, is not a defensive powerhouse but is the 100% guarantee bail out option or one who protects space.

On Sunday, Polec was on the outside there to be utilized once again and just like moments in the JLT, players just didn't see him or didn't opt to go for him. Polec should be having as much entries i50 as anyone else, its what hes there for and he'll be available to do so. His tank is impressive he can run all day and get to both ends and be where he needs to be before the ball gets there.

I hope the coaching staff are looking at how Polec plays and thinking the same thing I'm thinking which is; why aren't we using this guy more often, not to be dependent on him per se but why aren't we looking for him when the ball is needed to move forward. It's the same issue as what happened with Aaron Hall, if you're not using what he's there for, why bother even having him.

Obviously these are things to learn in time, but adapt on this quickly North and you'll get the jump on most teams.
With that said, he was solid despite all this and he racks up possessions to make good use of it often. He'll be consistent as I said.
 

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His two goals on the weekend were majestic. Is he being taken for granted a little?
Jack obviously didn't rate those goals, choosing to cut inside and kick to the opposition rather than give it to Polec in space streaming inside 50.
 

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To understand Jared Polecs game requires watching plays that involve him around the contest or involved several times over. It's the kind of game that yes, is not a defensive powerhouse but is the 100% guarantee bail out option or one who protects space.

On Sunday, Polec was on the outside there to be utilized once again and just like moments in the JLT, players just didn't see him or didn't opt to go for him. Polec should be having as much entries i50 as anyone else, its what hes there for and he'll be available to do so. His tank is impressive he can run all day and get to both ends and be where he needs to be before the ball gets there.

I hope the coaching staff are looking at how Polec plays and thinking the same thing I'm thinking which is; why aren't we using this guy more often, not to be dependent on him per se but why aren't we looking for him when the ball is needed to move forward. It's the same issue as what happened with Aaron Hall, if you're not using what he's there for, why bother even having him.

Obviously these are things to learn in time, but adapt on this quickly North and you'll get the jump on most teams.
With that said, he was solid despite all this and he racks up possessions to make good use of it often. He'll be consistent as I said.
He was very impressive watching at the ground on Sunday. Covers so much ground and constantly provides an option. He's clearly got a massive tank but he is also very clever with his running patterns. Doesn't seem to waste much effort. With his disposal he almost always chooses the right option, intelligent player. I suspect he will end up being a better pick up than Gaff, his kicking is more penetrating and he kicks long goals plus he has that line breaking pace.
 

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Yeah that was great. Polec on his left running into 50, why would you give it to him?
That would have put us in front. WTF was Ziebell thinking? He looked at Polec then chose to kick it into the opposite forward pocket. That will be the worst play of the year by any of our players. Total brain fade from the captain!
 

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That would have put us in front. WTF was Ziebell thinking? He looked at Polec then chose to kick it into the opposite forward pocket. That will be the worst play of the year by any of our players. Total brain fade from the captain!
I’m pretty sure my exact words at the time were “what the **** was he thinking?”
 

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He’d be hating life right now in north colours.

Busting his ass to get to space, but gets burnt way more often than he gets used.

In the 2nd quarter he gave JMAC a bake. Polec busted his backside to get to open space on the opposite side of the ground, Jmac looked straight at him and kicked long down the line to a 2 v 1 on Campbell. Hawthorn clear easily for another inside 50. Polec was left shaking his head.
 

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So far i think he is a great pickup - he is a very good footballer.

I really hope he continues to make his voice known to both the playing group and hopefully the coaches because he is always making the right runs into space and is so often ignored its just crazy. This guy should be our version of Whitfield and given the ball on the wing or back of the square at every possible opportunity. Ive also seen him giving a few sprays - he must be pretty sick of the guys ignoring his runs- happening way too often
 
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Very talented player but if you look really closely there are some encouraging signs on him becoming a Brad Scott coached player.

Starting to fumble more. A little bit of uncertainty creeping into his disposal. Gradually starting to commit disposal clangers.

By mid year if there's been no coaching change expect him to start selling blokes into trouble with his disposal and no longer being able to kick over 45m.

Watching him yesterday was a fantastic virtual world way of seeing how Isaac Smith would've devolved under our structure as discussed last week.
 

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I thought the commentators were spot on in naming him as one of the guys really working hard to get back into it in the third. Doing the leadership type things when leadership is called upon, great to see. He'll only get better.
 

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26 disposals at 77% DE and 87% time on ground. Some of his hit up kicks, especially the one to Brown the highlight.

High level outside types don't grow on trees.
When our players learn to use him more he’ll be unbelievable.
 
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