I watched Rich closely in the WAFL gf at Subiaco Oval before the draft and was mildly impressed that such a small guy could get involved with the play so much. But come draft day forgot about all that pretty quickly.
I just take whoever comes in drafts and embrace the players we choose.
I don’t see much point in lamenting what could have been. Within 10 games I was happy with Hurley. And the fact that he stuck with the bombers after the trauma of the saga and didn’t leave makes me love him even more
Agree, he's been such a good 1on1 competitor from literally his 1st game. Never flinches and has always run in straight lines directly at the ball. It was great to see his role stripped back after round 8 to simply giving him the oppos best forward, beating them, and then worrying about possesions later. If the coaches give him that same role next year he's probably looking at AA jumper number 3.
If we are ruthless, serious and want to win flags we should be shopping him around.
There is no point paying someone 800+k thats not in the top 10 defenders in the league. We have enough cover down back with senior guys Hooker, Ambrose. Depth players Brown and Hartley and young guns coming through in Francis and Ridley.
You have to give up something to get something good in return and he's the only one I can see as a carrot. Use our picks + Hurley to get an established mid (Shiel) + best kid available or another trade. 2 mids straight into 22 sees us a much better side for the next 5 years than having Hurley.
No one is untouchable. Its about winning flags. Geelong, Hawthorn, Sydney has all shown a ruthless streak and are still ticking along and getting most players to nominate them as destination clubs.