Correction, only just turned 22. The rest I agree wholeheartedly with though every chance he is back much sooner.Only just turned 23. We saw what he can do in 2017 finals. Has had a tough start to 2019.
Expect him to work his way back into the team and have a long career at the Tigers.
Too much emotion being expressed on him. He was 'given' the dreamtime game and I'm happy with that decision by the club.
He'll be giving 100% in the vfl and I'd expect him to dominate a few games there over the next few weeks. If it takes longer, so be it.
I don’t think he was that bad last week.He’s probably a guaranteed in at this point against Geelong but still, I hope he takes this week to try and get some form going.
Not sure you have this right. Say this week Bolton, Castagna, Butler, Baker and Higgins all in the one team. They are clearly not all playing the same role. Some are playing higher and even doing midfield minutes and attending centre bounces, but Castagna, Rioli, Butler, and Bolton when they play have seemed to play almost exclusively as small forwards, and give or take they all seem to record mainly similar stats.You make some good points. But you're comparing him to the wrong players.
You should be comparing him to Higgins and Baker. These two have revolutionized our small forward position this year. Those two are currently producing so much than Dan has ever been capable thus far.
Small forwards with good skills, defensive pressure, goal smarts who are also ball winners. You didn't include them because Rioli doesn't compare favorably with them.
Going forward not all of Rioli, Castagna, Butler etc are going to play each week because they're limited and aren't well rounded players like Baker and Higgins. Right now it's Rioli out who must improve pronto.
We've also seen glimpses of Bolton turning into this type of player too. If he does then it's even more bad news for Dan. Sending him back and telling him to rack it up is pointing him in the right direction of what of what will keep him the team long-term. Otherwise he's going to be left for dust.
one of Butlers goals was from a mark, he then was put on the goal line because of off the ball incident. Other than that typical Butler ~ lack of awareness moments.....but, I'd leave Butler until the bye. He is playing for his career. The small fwd spot is a hard one to play & we have depth.I don't think Rioli is a guaranteed in. He would have to show some form.
Would be stupid to drop Butler after one game when he has built up some good footy in the VFL. He wasn't that bad, give him at least one more crack
Correct and it was a strong grab too!one of Butlers goals was from a mark, he then was put on the goal line because of off the ball incident. Other than that typical Butler ~ lack of awareness moments.....but, I'd leave Butler until the bye. He is playing for his career. The small fwd spot is a hard one to play & we have depth.