Player Watch #13: Jared Polec

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The Filth Wizard

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Needs the run.

He's not AFL fit. In fact, he's in a shape I don't think I've seen him in so who knows what he's conditioning for. In three weeks we'll know because he'll get every chance, we're paying him too much not to.

There were a few moments of aggression today I thought were new for him, he can keep that up. All in all thought I thought he played better last week.
 

Lomas

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Needs the run.

He's not AFL fit. In fact, he's in a shape I don't think I've seen him in so who knows what he's conditioning for. In three weeks we'll know because he'll get every chance, we're paying him too much not to.

There were a few moments of aggression today I thought were new for him, he can keep that up. All in all thought I thought he played better last week.
I thought he played with more aggression in the second half, and then lifted overall. Lifted after laying a good tackle and a JZ head ruffle. Down on confidence, not a squib.
 

The Filth Wizard

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I thought he played with more aggression in the second half, and then lifted overall. Lifted after laying a good tackle and a JZ head ruffle. Down on confidence, not a squib.
He followed through on Dangerfield twice and I wondered if they were matched up. If they were, Danger was none.
 

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hellas_johnny

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Tried to tackle so some effort we get l there however he's still trying to ask for the ball in wrong positions. How many times does he want to go barely cm away from the ball carrier even though he also has a man close to him
 

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I’m not a huge fan.
But he is coming back after a fair bit of time out so some leeway required as he gets back up to speed. Same with Jed today.
Got better as the game went on though.
If he’s a ‘depth’ player - the team is in a good place.
You never know, he may have to come in for a few injured players for important games in years to come if not traded out. Can turn it on and play a role in big games.
 

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From the Tackle piece from Jon Ralph

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5. Jared Polec

David Noble has turned a flighty one-way runner in Aaron Hall into a legitimately damaging half-back who gathered 36 touches at 86 per cent efficiency against the Cats.

Now he needs to find a role for high-priced wingman Jared Polec, who still has two more seasons on a contract worth a total of $1.4 million.

Polec still kicks darts with his left foot and showed he is capable of strong-bodied football when he wrested the ball from Patrick Dangerfield in a second-half stoppage with the game in the balance.

But he had a chance to sacrifice his body by surging back with the flight as Tom Stewart kicked to Gary Rohan in the pocket and instead declined.

He is capable of so much more than he is delivering.
 

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>But he had a chance to sacrifice his body by surging back with the flight as Tom Stewart kicked to Gary Rohan in the pocket and instead declined.

That part will never change. I have seen Jared pull out of, or just not even pretend to try and contest, countless aerial contests where he might take contact. It is what is is, and it's one of the reasons I am so against suggestions on here we play him in the back half of the ground more. With the ball on the ground he will often give a ferocious contest, but in the air it's another matter entirely.

I still think he's a great chance of owning a wing once again, probably with more time on ball or rolling forward than in previous years. It will be very interesting as to whether we persist with him next week though.
 
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>But he had a chance to sacrifice his body by surging back with the flight as Tom Stewart kicked to Gary Rohan in the pocket and instead declined.

That part will never change. I have seen Jared pull out of, or just not even pretend to try and contest, countless aerial contests where he might take contact. It is what is is, and it's one of the reasons I am so against suggestions on here we play him in the back half of the ground more. With the ball on the ground he will often give a ferocious contest, but in the air it's another matter entirely.

I still think he's a great chance of owning a wing once again, probably with more time on ball or rolling forward than in previous years. It will be very interesting as to whether we persist with him next week though.
Agree. As much as we all like players who will always put their body on the line, there is still a place for players like Polec to play on the outside if it benefits us. They will never be greats, but getting the most of them is beneficial, particularly if we are already locked into contracts.
 

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Really doesn't look match fit and unfortunately it's quite noticeable when he doesn't chase and push hard, because all the other North players are busting their ass.

Happy to 'gift' him games to see how he fits moving forward - particularly important as I just cannot see him attracting any sort of interest from other clubs in the off season and we're likely going to have him on our list for another 2 years - but he does need to show some more endeavour.
 

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From the Tackle piece from Jon Ralph

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5. Jared Polec

David Noble has turned a flighty one-way runner in Aaron Hall into a legitimately damaging half-back who gathered 36 touches at 86 per cent efficiency against the Cats.

Now he needs to find a role for high-priced wingman Jared Polec, who still has two more seasons on a contract worth a total of $1.4 million.

Polec still kicks darts with his left foot and showed he is capable of strong-bodied football when he wrested the ball from Patrick Dangerfield in a second-half stoppage with the game in the balance.

But he had a chance to sacrifice his body by surging back with the flight as Tom Stewart kicked to Gary Rohan in the pocket and instead declined.

He is capable of so much more than he is delivering.
Unfair....we've seen commentary about recklessly backing into the unknown. We've witnessed Boomer take a short step or two over his many years.
Credit when at those times where it's necessary but languishing on the bottom of the ladder didnt warrant it the other day.
 

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From the Tackle piece from Jon Ralph

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5. Jared Polec

David Noble has turned a flighty one-way runner in Aaron Hall into a legitimately damaging half-back who gathered 36 touches at 86 per cent efficiency against the Cats.

Now he needs to find a role for high-priced wingman Jared Polec, who still has two more seasons on a contract worth a total of $1.4 million.

Polec still kicks darts with his left foot and showed he is capable of strong-bodied football when he wrested the ball from Patrick Dangerfield in a second-half stoppage with the game in the balance.

But he had a chance to sacrifice his body by surging back with the flight as Tom Stewart kicked to Gary Rohan in the pocket and instead declined.

He is capable of so much more than he is delivering.
Again, Jon demonstrates his lack of understanding on how things work. Polec's contract was heavily front ended, and not anywhere near 1.4 million.

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He just doesn’t seem interested in buying in with any enthusiasm.
Hope we give him a few more games so he can prove me wrong.
 

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Keep in the team for the next three weeks but IMO he still has something to offer.
 

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Considering he was possibly a bit less fit than usual, 'managed' might actually be accurate if a little kind depending on your perspective.

Certainly an interesting development.
Yeah he’s obviously not fully fit. Might legitimately just be that.
 

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