Player Watch #18: Shaun Atley -

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zoomba23

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I know he's just about the shittest 200 gamer in the history of the game, but does anyone reckon he'd do better on a wing? Doesn't have a lot of defensive tricks in his bag, maybe if Rhyce tells him to get to the wing and just ******* run when the ball comes to him it might work? The bloke has some serious wheels and never bloody uses them. If Rhyce and the coaching staff just beat the Brad Scott out of him and tell him to take the game on, with all that space, I reckon we might actually get something out of him late in his career.
 

LuvtheKangas

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I know he's just about the shittest 200 gamer in the history of the game, but does anyone reckon he'd do better on a wing? Doesn't have a lot of defensive tricks in his bag, maybe if Rhyce tells him to get to the wing and just ******* run when the ball comes to him it might work? The bloke has some serious wheels and never bloody uses them. If Rhyce and the coaching staff just beat the Brad Scott out of him and tell him to take the game on, with all that space, I reckon we might actually get something out of him late in his career.
I doubt that it would work. The huge problem with Atley is that he just doesn't know what to do with the football when he gets it.
 

zoomba23

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I doubt that it would work. The huge problem with Atley is that he just doesn't know what to do with the football when he gets it.
Yeah I've noticed that tendency, but like, if there's any way we could get him playing on instinct, then maybe that could work. A lot of North players really struggle when they have to think when they have the ball. In fact, most of our players have that problem. If Atley gets told to turn off the brain and just play on instinct he might have a better output. Sort of in the mold of Buddy. Buddy doesn't think when he has the ball, he just wheels around on his left and yeets the ball towards goal. Obviously Atley doesn't have that ability, but he could just run with the ball without overthinking and maybe his instinct would take over and he'd find something. Of course, that's assuming he's got football instinct somewhere inside him.
 

tazaa

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Atleys been living off his potential since he’s been drafted.

He is a product of the Scott era as we know, but Atleys also the type of player who would be okay with being told his careers over and wouldn’t fight for his position on the list. Then he’ll nick off and become a sparky or a tradie in 2021.
 

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I agree Ats is nearly done and he's a pretty underwhelming 200 gamer, but I'm gonna defend his honour as THE worst ever 200 gamer and throw some others up for consideration...

Justin Peckett
Brent Stanton
Dom Cassisi
Jared Crouch
Darren Gaspar
Marty Mattner
Angus Monfries
Nathan Bassett
Antony Grover
Matthew Stokes

And...

Fazza Ray!

He's still one of ours.
 

north_lad

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I agree Ats is nearly done and he's a pretty underwhelming 200 gamer, but I'm gonna defend his honour as THE worst ever 200 gamer and throw some others up for consideration...

Justin Peckett
Brent Stanton
Dom Cassisi
Jared Crouch
Darren Gaspar
Marty Mattner
Angus Monfries
Nathan Bassett
Antony Grover
Matthew Stokes

And...

Fazza Ray!

He's still one of ours.
Can't ******* believe Dom Cassisi captained an AFL club. Just insane
 

Uncle_Leo

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I agree Ats is nearly done and he's a pretty underwhelming 200 gamer, but I'm gonna defend his honour as THE worst ever 200 gamer and throw some others up for consideration...

Justin Peckett
Brent Stanton
Dom Cassisi
Jared Crouch
Darren Gaspar
Marty Mattner
Angus Monfries
Nathan Bassett
Antony Grover
Matthew Stokes

And...

Fazza Ray!

He's still one of ours.
He might only cover 2 players on that list

Might
 

DarwinRoo

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He finished 10th in the Syd last year. Interestingly he wasn’t considered sh*t by supporters last year either. What’s changed dickheads?
 

Sopwiths North

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Yeah I've noticed that tendency, but like, if there's any way we could get him playing on instinct, then maybe that could work. A lot of North players really struggle when they have to think when they have the ball. In fact, most of our players have that problem. If Atley gets told to turn off the brain and just play on instinct he might have a better output. Sort of in the mold of Buddy. Buddy doesn't think when he has the ball, he just wheels around on his left and yeets the ball towards goal. Obviously Atley doesn't have that ability, but he could just run with the ball without overthinking and maybe his instinct would take over and he'd find something. Of course, that's assuming he's got football instinct somewhere inside him.
I haven't watched his entire career, but from memory, he played on instinct a fair bit a year or two ago when we had him more Forward. He was either setting up goals or kicking them himself, on the fly, with fluidity, and by all appearances, instinctively. Not saying that he can repeat that right now necessarily, but I do think it's worth a try putting him Forward again, one more time, just to see.

Bit off topic, but I really think what our side is desperately missing right now is a Jarrad Waite type of agitator. The Zurhaar has a bit of it about him at his best, but even he is predictable in it. What was so great about Waitey was that you never knew when he was going to turn up and just be an absolute pest. And kick a bag of goals in between.

Anyways, I've certainly seen Ats provide some inspiring moments for our team, and go his share to winning some games for us. I do believe he has a ton of instinct about him. He's also not the only player out there to get hung up on overthinking. But it stands out more when he does, because it's usually while he's on the fly in space with the potential to do something exhilarating.

Is he done? Maybe. But let's throw him Forward one more time. Just to see. Now's as good a time as any.
 

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