Player Watch #2: Jaidyn 'Sleevo' Stephenson

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Sounds like the Herald Sun is trying to draw out the De Goey stuff if it can reel in a story about another (former) Pie bad boy.
 

leighlee13

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AFL 2021: North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell on Jaidyn Stephenson, Roos injury update
Jack Ziebell loved what he saw on the field in Jaidyn Stephenson’s first season as a Kangaroo. And he is backing him to learn from his off-field mistakes.

Jon Ralph

North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell has backed Jaidyn Stephenson to quickly learn from the mistake that saw him fracture his hip in a bizarre mountain-bike prank gone wrong.
Stephenson likely won’t join in full training until after Christmas after the August incident that saw him tumble from his bike onto a concrete paver while drinking with mates in his backyard.

Stephenson is finally back running on an anti-gravity AlterG treadmill, but will slowly progress his rehab in coming months after narrowly avoiding surgery.

Despite the nature of the incident, Ziebell told the Herald Sun he would back Stephenson to learn from the mistake and mature into the player the Roos need him to be.

He said Stephenson had shown in his 19-game first season he had massive potential and now needed to introduce consistency to his game.

“He’s not going to be quite ready to go by the start of pre-season. He has been moving well, he’s walking well and running on the AlterG and his rehab is progressing well. Ideally, the situation doesn’t occur, but we understand young men make mistakes. He’s made a mistake and I am sure he’s learnt from it,” Ziebell said.

“It wouldn’t be very nice to go through it in the public eye like he had to. But he is a good character and a good guy and he’s helped our club in the 12 months he’s been there, so our support will be unwavering and we look forward to having him at his best.”

Asked if his message was that Stephenson could make one big mistake but not a second one, Ziebell replied: “Yeah, I suppose you could say that. But everyone makes mistakes, so for us it’s about learning from them.


“You could see in games late in the year, over against West Coast (in a 10-point Perth Stadium victory) he had 38 touches, kicked a crucial goal. He was unbelievable. So, his challenge as a player is to be consistently in the game. If we can get that out of him he will be bloody hard to stop, so teams will be very wary of him.”

Roos chief executive Ben Amarfio confirmed in September the club’s disappointment at Stephenson’s actions, but said he had dodged the need for surgery.

“We are disappointed because it was a real lack of judgment that landed him (Stephenson) in this spot, but the good news is it’s a small fracture that doesn’t need an operation, so he’s dodged a worse outcome there,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Roos will hope to get a full season out of key-position defender Aidan Corr after foot problems ruined his first year at the club, while classy No.35 draft pick Flynn Perez will return after a second ACL tear last pre-season.

Key forward Charlie Comben and mid-season draft No.1 overall pick Jake Edwards will also hope to put together big summers.

“Jake Edwards is a massive unit, but he’s very raw, so for him to play a couple of VFL games you could just tell he had talent, and Charlie got reward for effort making his debut, then he broke his collarbone at training the next week, so he will be champing at the bit to be fit and play a lot of footy,” Ziebell said.
 

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AFL 2021: North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell on Jaidyn Stephenson, Roos injury update
Jack Ziebell loved what he saw on the field in Jaidyn Stephenson’s first season as a Kangaroo. And he is backing him to learn from his off-field mistakes.

Jon Ralph

North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell has backed Jaidyn Stephenson to quickly learn from the mistake that saw him fracture his hip in a bizarre mountain-bike prank gone wrong.
Stephenson likely won’t join in full training until after Christmas after the August incident that saw him tumble from his bike onto a concrete paver while drinking with mates in his backyard.

Stephenson is finally back running on an anti-gravity AlterG treadmill, but will slowly progress his rehab in coming months after narrowly avoiding surgery.

Despite the nature of the incident, Ziebell told the Herald Sun he would back Stephenson to learn from the mistake and mature into the player the Roos need him to be.

He said Stephenson had shown in his 19-game first season he had massive potential and now needed to introduce consistency to his game.

“He’s not going to be quite ready to go by the start of pre-season. He has been moving well, he’s walking well and running on the AlterG and his rehab is progressing well. Ideally, the situation doesn’t occur, but we understand young men make mistakes. He’s made a mistake and I am sure he’s learnt from it,” Ziebell said.

“It wouldn’t be very nice to go through it in the public eye like he had to. But he is a good character and a good guy and he’s helped our club in the 12 months he’s been there, so our support will be unwavering and we look forward to having him at his best.”

Asked if his message was that Stephenson could make one big mistake but not a second one, Ziebell replied: “Yeah, I suppose you could say that. But everyone makes mistakes, so for us it’s about learning from them.


“You could see in games late in the year, over against West Coast (in a 10-point Perth Stadium victory) he had 38 touches, kicked a crucial goal. He was unbelievable. So, his challenge as a player is to be consistently in the game. If we can get that out of him he will be bloody hard to stop, so teams will be very wary of him.”

Roos chief executive Ben Amarfio confirmed in September the club’s disappointment at Stephenson’s actions, but said he had dodged the need for surgery.

“We are disappointed because it was a real lack of judgment that landed him (Stephenson) in this spot, but the good news is it’s a small fracture that doesn’t need an operation, so he’s dodged a worse outcome there,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Roos will hope to get a full season out of key-position defender Aidan Corr after foot problems ruined his first year at the club, while classy No.35 draft pick Flynn Perez will return after a second ACL tear last pre-season.

Key forward Charlie Comben and mid-season draft No.1 overall pick Jake Edwards will also hope to put together big summers.

“Jake Edwards is a massive unit, but he’s very raw, so for him to play a couple of VFL games you could just tell he had talent, and Charlie got reward for effort making his debut, then he broke his collarbone at training the next week, so he will be champing at the bit to be fit and play a lot of footy,” Ziebell said.
Shame his recovery isnt as quick as once thought.
Hope he's back on the field soon enough.
 

giantroo

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For much of the 2021 season, Jaidyn Stephenson was the name on the lips of all North Melbourne fans.

He was the club’s highest profile recruit heading into 2021, wearing the famous number two jumper of Doug Wade, Wayne Schwass and Noel Teasdale.

After his debut performance against Port Adelaide, where he collected 33 disposals, it was obvious North had acquired an immense talent.

However, at the culmination of the season, an ill-thought biking incident left the midfielder with a fractured hip, throwing his pre-season into doubt.

While the incident occurred early in the off-season, the nature and duration of the injury meant there was no clear timeframe on his return.

North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell says while Stephenson still isn’t fully fit, he’s progressing well.

“He’s (Stephenson) not going to be quite ready to go by the start of, pre-season. He has been moving well, he’s walking well on the AlterG and his rehab is progressing well,” Ziebell told The Herald Sun.

“Ideally, the situation doesn’t occur, but we understand young men make mistakes. He’s made a mistake and I’m sure he’s learnt from it.

“It wouldn’t be very nice to go through the public eye like he had to, but he’s a good character and a good guy and he’s helped our club in the 12 months he’s been here.

“Our support will be unwavering and we look forward to having him at his best.”


After that initial performance against Port Adelaide, Stephenson showed signs through the season of being more than deserving of the midfield time he craved.

While his performance in Round 19’s victory over Carlton, where he collected 24 disposals and kicked 3 goals, was brilliant, it was his contribution to Round 17’s victory over West Coast that set tongues wagging.

Ziebell says if Stephenson can deliver those kinds of performances on a consistent basis, he could be one of the best players around.

“You could see in his games late in the year, over against West Coast, he had 38 touches and kicked a crucial goal,” Ziebell said.

“He was unbelievable.

“His challenge as a player is to be consistently in the game. If we can get that out of him he’ll be bloody hard to stop, so teams will be very wary of him.”

By Dan Woods - North Media
 

kool kangas

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For much of the 2021 season, Jaidyn Stephenson was the name on the lips of all North Melbourne fans.

He was the club’s highest profile recruit heading into 2021, wearing the famous number two jumper of Doug Wade, Wayne Schwass and Noel Teasdale.

After his debut performance against Port Adelaide, where he collected 33 disposals, it was obvious North had acquired an immense talent.

However, at the culmination of the season, an ill-thought biking incident left the midfielder with a fractured hip, throwing his pre-season into doubt.

While the incident occurred early in the off-season, the nature and duration of the injury meant there was no clear timeframe on his return.

North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell says while Stephenson still isn’t fully fit, he’s progressing well.

“He’s (Stephenson) not going to be quite ready to go by the start of, pre-season. He has been moving well, he’s walking well on the AlterG and his rehab is progressing well,” Ziebell told The Herald Sun.

“Ideally, the situation doesn’t occur, but we understand young men make mistakes. He’s made a mistake and I’m sure he’s learnt from it.

“It wouldn’t be very nice to go through the public eye like he had to, but he’s a good character and a good guy and he’s helped our club in the 12 months he’s been here.

“Our support will be unwavering and we look forward to having him at his best.”


After that initial performance against Port Adelaide, Stephenson showed signs through the season of being more than deserving of the midfield time he craved.

While his performance in Round 19’s victory over Carlton, where he collected 24 disposals and kicked 3 goals, was brilliant, it was his contribution to Round 17’s victory over West Coast that set tongues wagging.

Ziebell says if Stephenson can deliver those kinds of performances on a consistent basis, he could be one of the best players around.

“You could see in his games late in the year, over against West Coast, he had 38 touches and kicked a crucial goal,” Ziebell said.

“He was unbelievable.

“His challenge as a player is to be consistently in the game. If we can get that out of him he’ll be bloody hard to stop, so teams will be very wary of him.”

By Dan Woods - North Media


Its going to take him awhile to get more midfield time now...back to the forward line he goes...
 

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