Player Watch #13: Jared Polec

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Ether

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I think this unfortunately may be the case. He would be a massive asset if he played as directed.
So we have a player who has hardly played this year under a new coach (in the vfl) running to bad spots and the conclusion is that he must be selfish?
 

Devington

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So we have a player who has hardly played this year under a new coach (in the vfl) running to bad spots and the conclusion is that he must be selfish?
Less that he was running to (some) bad spots, more that he would call for the ball while in them.
 

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Lomas

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So we have a player who has hardly played this year under a new coach (in the vfl) running to bad spots and the conclusion is that he must be selfish?
I'm not concluding that, but just agreeing that may be the case based upon what I too have seen in the VFL and the subsequent non selection.
I'd love to see him playing to his ability in the seniors. I actually rate the guy.
 

the Ziebull

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Yeah as good as a player that he is I just get the feeling that none of the group like him. I know a few of the Port guys and it was the same there by all reports.
Does seem to be someone that keeps to himself, you never see him with any of the team in a social setting

And that not gelling off field looks like it translates to on field

I recall not even 1 teammate from port went to his wedding when he was playing there
 

Themanbun

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Does seem to be someone that keeps to himself, you never see him with any of the team in a social setting

And that not gelling off field looks like it translates to on field

I recall not even 1 teammate from port went to his wedding when he was playing there
Keeps his footy and social life separate, and isn't too keen on what AFL players get up to off field. Always two sides to it mate.
 

the Ziebull

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Keeps his footy and social life separate, and isn't too keen on what AFL players get up to off field. Always two sides to it mate.
I think I said that in my post he keeps to himself

Which in a team environment is not always a good thing for bonding and comradery and can be maybe loosely explain why he plays selfish footy which has been noted by many even at vfl level
 

amaz199

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I reckon we might be going too early on him considering just how much better our ball movement has been since he got injured.

It wasn't just him getting caught either, when Lazz played his position it was the same thing. Our cohesion and structure sucked on the counter and it sold our wingers too often.

He has shown too much to just give him the red cross. Surely he can still have a significant impact?
 

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Devington

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Unless there are genuine personality issues at play, I don't know why they would just shitcan him.

I still reckon that if he was used properly as an offensive winger he would be one of the best in the league. Obviously part of that would involve team mates using him properly and covering for his deficiencies, but my point is that he has undeniable talent. And the gameplan would suit a player like him.

His selfishness on field is a bit frustrating, but It's conceivable it comes from a "good" motivation rather than him just wanting to pad his stats and be the star, and if that's the case it should be pretty coachable if the new regime finds the right levers. I'm just as concerned about his elite kicking going missing every second disposal fwiw, but over the course of his career he's shown himself very capable of being a massive weapon.
 

Ashley B

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Looking from afar what The Ziebull has said is what I have thought. Jared seems quite a private person, nothing wrong with that mind you.
But in a team sport it can cause issues, and sometimes people can get the wrong impression of someone .
 

koshari

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I reckon we might be going too early on him considering just how much better our ball movement has been since he got injured.

It wasn't just him getting caught either, when Lazz played his position it was the same thing. Our cohesion and structure sucked on the counter and it sold our wingers too often.

He has shown too much to just give him the red cross. Surely he can still have a significant impact?
Rightly or wrongly he has a contract. We honour it and judge him at it's conclusion approaches.
 

Ischenko

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I don't think he offers much that we couldn't get from Charlie Lazzaro, and getting games into Charlie is a better long term investment for a number of reasons
Huge fan of Lazz but way to early to call this. Polec at his best is very very good. Lazz is a promising kid who has shown glimpses.

Polec is a real head scratcher though - if he’s fit you’d think automatic best 22. So why isn’t he playing? Obviously Shaw was seriously frustrated with him, and at the time I thought the tough love dished out was good coaching....Is Noble doing the same? There’s gotta be something more to this. We are developing a tight young group but surely even if Jared doesn’t gel socially that shouldn’t matter - at the end of the day it’s professional sport and whilst of course intangibles like team cohesion are huge I can’t believe he’s that much of a bad influence that his talent can just be disregarded...

Anyone in the know please enlighten us!
 

Devington

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Real bad look to give a contract then try to offload said player. Didn't work out well for collingwood.
I somehow doubt we backended the sh*t out of his contract, then tried to use the media against him to force him out the door calling him a weak campaigner that would sook it up with his partner away and that the other players wanted him gone.

Fairly different circumstances.
 

koshari

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I somehow doubt we backended the sh*t out of his contract, then tried to use the media against him to force him out the door calling him a weak campaigner that would sook it up with his partner away and that the other players wanted him gone.

Fairly different circumstances.
Agreed. We did non of the sort. But that's not what I was suggesting. I simply think you give a contract you honour it.
 

the Ziebull

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^differs as it wasn’t this list management team that gave him that it was that nuffy Joyce so no issue cutting him lose by trading him elsewhere
 

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