Player Watch #19: Josh Walker - selected as a DFA - Welcome to North Melbourne

The Dingrel

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the scooter replacement

Taz FB, Daw 3rd tall

then Walker v durdin v mckay for CHB
may the best man win all year form dictating
Just talking to some Lions boys, reckons we have made off like bandits on that pick up.
personally wouldn't mind seeing tall backline of Tarrant/Walker/Durdin (or McKay if he's up to it) and release Maj on to the back flank/wing look to get it into his hands and break the lines. I think the Walker pick up gives us that option and more flexibility. Of course he is handy as a forward as well.
 

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The Dingrel

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I don't think Durds in necessarily behind Walker, or more importantly the club sees it that way. I can now say openly that we got Walker as insurance. We lost Thommo, EVW has gone down again and Maj is on the recovery trail and as promising as he's looking he is no certainty to regain his form, it's an unknown.

McKay isn't rated highly at this stage and yes he could turn it around, has time on his side. Let's all not over think what to me looks like a solid plan
Yep, if that were not the case we'd have given him longer than 1 year!
 

Rod Stroker

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Just talking to some Lions boys, reckons we have made off like bandits on that pick up.
I'm not in ITK, but I'm not sure about this. If he was such a good get, then why didn't we have to fight with other clubs for him?
 

The Dingrel

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I'm not in ITK, but I'm not sure about this. If he was such a good get, then why didn't we have to fight with other clubs for him?
Just the opinion of Lions fans who were very disappointed they let him go. Dunno what other clubs were thinking, maybe that he's too old just cause of his hairline! Put it this way, I'd prefer him on a 1 year deal as an option that cost us nothing, to see how Durdin & McKay Develop, take pressure off Maj and EVW recovery etc, than trade away a high draft pick for Dougal Howard!
 

Rod Stroker

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Just the opinion of Lions fans who were very disappointed they let him go. Dunno what other clubs were thinking, maybe that he's too old just cause of his hairline! Put it this way, I'd prefer him on a 1 year deal as an option that cost us nothing, to see how Durdin & McKay Develop, take pressure off Maj and EVW recovery etc, than trade away a high draft pick for Dougal Howard!
I don't disagree. Not unhappy with his signing, cost us almost nothing, and it's just a year.
 

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Boomer29er

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Solid Key Defender, who should keep the likes of McKay and Durdin on their toes. The last thing we need is complacency in our team. No player should feel irreplaceable.
 

Val Keating

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I'd rather that the best performed individual has a place in the team, no matter who they are. 'No birth certificates' works both ways.
True, but I’m thinking about what’s best for now & the future, and the best thing for now and the future is that our young defenders become afl standard and continue to develop. If Walker can take their spot and keep them out, it’s good for Walker and good for North short term, but a negative for North overall, it would mean one of Durdin or McKay hasn’t come on...who we used first round picks on and have spent years developing
 

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