Player Watch #18 Callum Sinclair - extended until end of 2021

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Newman would be one of the first on peoples lists along with Robinson and to a lesser extent Fox. All 3 would be worth giving another go but I feel like Cameron's form should really be rewarded
He's been great but Sinclair has earned his spot as the undisputed first ruck and Cameron can only get a shot if Sinclair gets hurt or needs a rest - which I suspect is a distinct possibility over the next 2 weeks given his huge work load and two consecutive 6 day breaks.
 

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Newman would be one of the first on peoples lists along with Robinson and to a lesser extent Fox. All 3 would be worth giving another go but I feel like Cameron's form should really be rewarded
I'm not sure about Cameron... the current team is really, really young and inexperienced. If JPK is out next week then it seems likely that either Foote or Dawson will come in to replace, further lessening the levels of experience.

While I agree that he has played outstandingly in the reserves, I'm not sure that right now is the best time.
 

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Game against North was arguably his best game for us so far. 8 marks, previously never gotten over 4.

Kid is a gun. 2-3 days older and he’d be running around in the TAC u18s this year.
Don't you mean younger?
Can't see how anyone could call for him to be dropped or rested, improving every game if you ask me.
 

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I think it would be a good idea to give Sinclair a rest, but given our game plan of only having one true ruck in the side, I'm just not sure when. We should easily account for the Suns, but Witts is an absolute monster of a man and it would be a pretty stiff ask to put Cameron in against him.
 

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Don't you mean younger?
Can't see how anyone could call for him to be dropped or rested, improving every game if you ask me.
Sorry just onto this subject so I hope it is not being repetitive. This young man is so impressive, however, a brilliant highlight was his move to shepherd Aliir as he gathered the ball to kick the crucial goal at the end. Surprises me that the young fella seems to have a really good appreciation of the team needs. His long trip up to the half back flank in the last few minutes was vital. Took a very strong mark when the pressure was really on.
 

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Sorry just onto this subject so I hope it is not being repetitive. This young man is so impressive, however, a brilliant highlight was his move to shepherd Aliir as he gathered the ball to kick the crucial goal at the end. Surprises me that the young fella seems to have a really good appreciation of the team needs. His long trip up to the half back flank in the last few minutes was vital. Took a very strong mark when the pressure was really on.
That shepherd was also straight after he punched the highball down to Papley who it to Aliir.

Impressive young man.
 

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The 'rest Sinclair against Gold Coast' idea has been floated around for some time but given JPK's absence, playing a debutant in the ruck would be inviting a surprise midfield thrashing.
 

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Heard on the radio that Grundy had 20 hitouts to advantage to none tonight. Not going any easier with Gawn next week!
Grundy was one of the best on ground, but I thought Sinclair battled hard and had a number of influential touches himself. He worked himself into the ground to provide outlets on the switch and his second efforts were fantastic. He probably needed to play in front at throw-ins though - that was supremely frustrating seeing Grundy waltz in and get it time and time again.
 

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Grundy was one of the best on ground, but I thought Sinclair battled hard and had a number of influential touches himself. He worked himself into the ground to provide outlets on the switch and his second efforts were fantastic. He probably needed to play in front at throw-ins though - that was supremely frustrating seeing Grundy waltz in and get it time and time again.
Didn't help that one boundary umpired kept throwing it in short, cost us Grundy's goal.
 

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That was literally right in front of me, but the most frustrating thing was that it happened numerous times (and not just with that boundary umpire).
That was very ordinary MCBG, commentators stated numerous times that the ruckman should adjust but there is in air of expectation of professionalism in sport...this wasn’t the case! Have you seen Mihoceks’s kit?
 

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Sinclair deserves praise for going above and beyond earlier in the year when no one expected a hell of a lot from him. As the year has gone on though there has been a regression to the mean for him.

Serviceable player, clearly should not be a long term option as the #1 ruckman. I personally don't think he fits into the forward line either with Buddy/Reid/McCartin.
 

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Sinclair deserves praise for going above and beyond earlier in the year when no one expected a hell of a lot from him. As the year has gone on though there has been a regression to the mean for him.

Serviceable player, clearly should not be a long term option as the #1 ruckman. I personally don't think he fits into the forward line either with Buddy/Reid/McCartin.
I was pondering this morning if we were able to get another ruck, whether we’d consider trading Sinclair whilst he has a bit of value. He is 29 in September. Just thinking out loud.
 

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Here's Sinclair's CD profile, benchmarking his statistical averages vs everyone else playing the same position.

Disposals: Above Avg
Contested ball: Above Avg
Clearances: Avg
Hitout won %: Below Avg
Hitout to Advantage %: Below Avg
Scoreboard impact: Below Avg
Pressure: Avg

Just for comparisons sake, here is Grundy

Disposals: Elite
Contested ball: Elite
Clearances: Elite
Hitout won %: Above Avg
Hitout to Advantage %: Above Avg
Scoreboard impact: Elite
Pressure: Elite

And Nankervis:

Disposals: Above Avg
Contested ball: Above Avg
Clearances: Above Avg
Hitout won %: Below Avg
Hitout to Advantage %: Avg
Scoreboard impact: Above Avg
Pressure: Elite
 

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Grundy undoubtedly was the better ruckman and had a big influence on the game (2nd best player on ground behind Franklin imo) but Sinclair didn't disgrace himself. Some really good contested marks and valuable touches around the ground meant he had an influence himself, just nowhere near what Grundy did. And he won't be the last to be thoroughly beaten by Grundy, he's fantastic.
 

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Grundy undoubtedly was the better ruckman and had a big influence on the game (2nd best player on ground behind Franklin imo) but Sinclair didn't disgrace himself. Some really good contested marks and valuable touches around the ground meant he had an influence himself, just nowhere near what Grundy did. And he won't be the last to be thoroughly beaten by Grundy, he's fantastic.
He also runs his guts out, he will make position and make himself available with gut running

He’s no Grundy or Gawn etc, but he competes for us
 

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Grundy undoubtedly was the better ruckman and had a big influence on the game (2nd best player on ground behind Franklin imo) but Sinclair didn't disgrace himself. Some really good contested marks and valuable touches around the ground meant he had an influence himself, just nowhere near what Grundy did. And he won't be the last to be thoroughly beaten by Grundy, he's fantastic.
Agreed, Sinclair got absolutely smashed by a far better player but he at least had a red hot go and didn't stop trying all night. He'll never be at Grundy's level, but we can still demand a good effort from him and that's what we generally get. Definitely #1 ruckman ahead of Naismith by a fair distance
 
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