Player Watch #18: Shaun Atley -

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With the way our backline have been butchering the ball.. he absolutely has to stay back there.

Loved how in the last quarter he could've blazed away, but found the open man (even if it meant going backwards) to slow the game down and wipe time off the clock.
 

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Loved his game.

But I still really feel like his career projection could’ve been so much higher had he of been stationed in the centre square from the get go of his career like LDU is now.

If he was given an extended crack in there I have no doubt he would’ve been a damaging explosive clearance mid.
 

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Ats best game in a while IMO. Used his agility in the clinches and his brain/experience/skill in his disposals.

When we brought in Hall I thought here's the player I had hoped Ats would become. Tonight Hall showed some Atley like dash and lack of composure, and Ats acted the steady minded afl defender. I don't know where that leaves us, but anyway that's my thoughts.
My thoughts exactly!
 

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Love how everyone now thinks he should be parked at HB again and his highlights were all in the forward half.
Granted, the most talked about of the highlights were created in the forward half, for me it was his added composer in the defensive 50 that won me over, just didn't look like he was going to screw anything up, played like the ultimate dependable defender and I don't think he has been anything like that in the past. For me the bouncing off players and passing inside 50 to the forwards was just the icing on the cake.
 

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The pass to Brown in the 3rd quarter was smooth. More please.
To be honest, he was doing this throughout 2018. Kicking inside 50s to Brown on the lead. For me it was a significant reason in shifting my view on his ongoing value to the team. He seemed to find Brown with deft, well-weighted kicks more than, or as much as, any other player kicking inside 50, like they have a good understanding.

I see Atley forward being second only to Daw back as coaching moves that really worked. With Atley it takes away his option anxiety and tendency to be a headless chook. With Daw it removed the pressure to create opportunities, and enabled him to simply react to what is unfolding. In both cases, keeping it simpler for them.
 

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To be honest, he was doing this throughout 2018. Kicking inside 50s to Brown on the lead. For me it was a significant reason in shifting my view on his ongoing value to the team. He seemed to find Brown with deft, well-weighted kicks more than, or as much as, any other player kicking inside 50, like they have a good understanding.

I see Atley forward being second only to Daw back as coaching moves that really worked. With Atley it takes away his option anxiety and tendency to be a headless chook. With Daw it removed the pressure to create opportunities, and enabled him to simply react to what is unfolding. In both cases, keeping it simpler for them.
Kind of ironic, you put players in positions they’re good at to get the best out of them.
Atley was an attacking mid when drafted. He needed to work on his defensive side of his game.
Who knew he’s best games would be when he’s free up a bit in the forward half.
And Daw works best when he’s reactionary to play not creating it.
It’s almost like, when he was drafted, he wasn’t long into the game..
 
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