Player Watch #18: Shaun Atley -

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Has become a very bonafide mature player, he's consistent, he's a core part of the group and one of those guys you think of when you're describing a certain team of a certain era.

Given how much faith he's shown with us, he's one of those players you'd love to see on the stage after winning the Grand Final.

He clearly has hunger, if we were to make finals he'd stand up in a big way.
 

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That's a very fair comment. Not only that, he is physically very reliable and rarely has a truly poor disposal under low pressure. Every time people complain about him I can't quite shake the feeling that it's not because of what he is - but what he isn't that they wish he was. I don't think he's indispensible but he is absolutely one player that I don't feel I need to worry about what I'll get week in week out.
Yeah I agree with this.
 

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He works best in traffic. We play him largely on the outskirts of traffic. He loves to use his hips and acceleration to shrug of opponents and break open the field. He did it twice on Sunday in the middle and it was beautiful. Still think he will never reach his potential unless he moves in the middle semi-full time
 

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Not any mongrel in him unfortunately. Has turned into a solid player, not sure why he couldn't run the wing? Has matured a heap and I don't think the forward line is his go. Has looked composed and more involved off half back in his brief stints this year.
We have Polec and Dumont who play the position better. They can also accumulate higher numbers. I think his forward defensive pressure in the first half of last year was pivotal to our great start and if we start getting players back he should contribute more
 
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Imagine he was playing for hawthorn during their dominate years.
Clarko would’ve made him a star.
I reckon we could've returned the favour and turned Isaac Smith into a flakey flanker who got it 3 times a game.
 

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I reckon we could've returned the favour and turned Isaac Smith into a flakey flanker who got it 3 times a game.
It hurts to think but given the chance, even now, I think the hawks would swap the two in a heartbeat .

Puts the coaching panel into a little perspective thou.
 
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The Atley we have all hoped for and see glimpses of is not the reality.

We just have to accept this for what it is. He should be dropped. He should have been dropped last year and every time in the last few years at different stages.

The last role of the dice would be to turn him into a Jacobs style tagger.

What might have been with him, but sadly the ship has sailed.
 

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The Atley we have all hoped for and see glimpses of is not the reality.

We just have to accept this for what it is. He should be dropped. He should have been dropped last year and every time in the last few years at different stages.

The last role of the dice would be to turn him into a Jacobs style tagger.

What might have been with him, but sadly the ship has sailed.

FFS mate, he was in our best 2 a week ago.
 

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Would be a perfect tagger.
Actually dont mind the tagger call.

Has the wheels to keep up the burst mids like Danger, Fyfe and Cripps but could use his speed in the other direction for ‘slower’ mids like Pendles and Duckwood.

Interesting..
Yeah I floated that earlier in the changes thread.

With his attributes, playing him as a negating forward is a complete waste.

We lack pace around the ball.
 

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Actually dont mind the tagger call.

Has the wheels to keep up the burst mids like Danger, Fyfe and Cripps but could use his speed in the other direction for ‘slower’ mids like Pendles and Duckwood.

Interesting..
currently in desperate need of another defensive mid like anderson or jacobs - atley could be it and help the midfield mix.
 

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Shaun is no longer a terrible footballer.

He is an ok one who has an ok game every now and then a poor game now and then but most of the time is average.

In summary he will go down as the worst footballer to play 200 games in history.
 

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I’m not against this, also not against Turner having a go through the middle.

Need to get them involved in the game more.
Actually Turner’s defensive mindset and campaigner fortitude could make him a tagger in the pig greenwood mould.

What’s his tank like?
 
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