Player Watch #16: Josh "Fridge" Begley

Zach Package

Kyle Langfourd
Sep 21, 2012
24,277
33,276
Parish, Francis
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Piggy Smith, SFG, Heat, Raiders
Probably stays in, maybe Brown to come in if Stringer doesn't get up.
I personally don’t think he’s in any danger at all, Brown or Francis for Stringer seems the move.

He’s getting up around the field and providing an option and still providing that heavy scoreboard impact close to goal which is his bread and butter. Fantastic feel for the goals and understanding on how to use his body.
 

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the PILL

Club Legend
Jul 29, 2007
2,553
2,254
VICTORIA
AFL Club
Essendon
Yessss! He is starting to believe he belongs...

Lets face it, this kid has serious attributes and it's nice to see him learn a little bit more of how to use what's in his toolbox each game...

The Frdge has been my little guilty pleasure to give absolutely no judgement to and just watch him evolve, (little bit like that with the current No 15 too). Was extremely worried when he did his knee but thank God he has come through well!
 

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Donakebab

Premium Platinum
May 18, 2009
28,429
34,235
Canberra
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Detroit Red Wings
His kicking and decision making were poor last night. Made it up some way with those two goals. Should always be picked ahead of Bags.
I think his disposal/decision making has been poor pretty much every game. Definitely still adjusting to the speed in the seniors, once he tidies this up he will be a real weapon.

Who would have expected a bloke named Fridge and Mudguts would be one of the best runners in the team?
 

srobbo

Brownlow Medallist
Jan 31, 2012
26,589
15,991
patterson lakes
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Boston Celtics
Is probably the 22nd picked atm. Has a lot of redeeming features which should always get him a game ahead of bags, but his decision making & disposal concerns me.

Prob keeps his spot for now.
 

cAsEy_18

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 13, 2007
5,058
1,428
Frankston
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Yankees, Chelseas, YCW.
Is probably the 22nd picked atm. Has a lot of redeeming features which should always get him a game ahead of bags, but his decision making & disposal concerns me.

Prob keeps his spot for now.
Shouldn’t do, he’s actially a beautiful kick of the footy, both for goal and in play (even if it didn’t show last night)
 

EnolaGay

Premiership Player
Oct 2, 2012
4,126
6,336
Adelaide
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Boston Celtics, Miami Dolphins
Tough crowd... I think he's tracking beautifully after coming off of a full knee reco for a power player. He's only played 12 games in total and only 3 of them after the reco.
Exactly, prior to his knee his delivery of the ball was exceptional. Give the kid a chance to settle and build.
 

rumply

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 11, 2002
18,701
18,362
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Iggles, 76ers
Tough crowd... I think he's tracking beautifully after coming off of a full knee reco for a power player. He's only played 12 games in total and only 3 of them after the reco.
Agree, get him through this season unscathed & watch out 2020.
 

Darealrath

Brownlow Medallist
Jul 6, 2002
11,576
2,687
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Arsenal, Pacers
That he is doing well enough to be picked as forward so early in his career and while coming back from injury is a great sign.

The idea of him, Laverde, and Langford building into players capable of splitting their time 50-50 between midfield and forward next year and beyond is bloody exciting (not to mention Stringer, Walla and Fantasia who can also rotate through there). We haven't had genuine midfield depth like that for a long time.
 

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