Player Watch #2: Jaidyn Stephenson

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Merlin007

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he's averaging more that a goal a game and just under 20 possessions.
He's the type of player, too, that will get better as the team gets better both individually but also as the team finds him more and better utilises his skills. At 22, he's still only scratching the surface of what he can do. Genuinely could be a 20 possessions a game, 30 goal a season winger at his peak, which would be ******* outrageous.
Some people thought he wouldn't kick on this year. He's close to an AA standard winger playing in the worst side in the competition.
career best form; kept his scoreboard impact while working hard from D50 to F50 - have a look at the R50 and I50 stats
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Still has improvement left in him.
Absolutely. Tip of the iceberg with this kid.

The coaches were pushing him hard in the preseason to get up and down the ground at full tilt in drills. Clearly with the view to the midfield role. I imagine it's new to him at this level, so you'd think there'd be quite a bit of scope there.

We saw past the the goalsneak role he had at Collingwood an hopefully we make out like highway bandits. Dream about him running up and down the wing at the G on GF day, slotting goals from 50 ala Peter Matera.
 

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Absolutely. Tip of the iceberg with this kid.

The coaches were pushing him hard in the preseason to get up and down the ground at full tilt in drills. Clearly with the view to the midfield role. I imagine it's new to him at this level, so you'd think there'd be quite a bit of scope there.

We saw past the the goalsneak role he had at Collingwood an hopefully we make out like highway bandits. Dream about him running up and down the wing at the G on GF day, slotting goals from 50 ala Peter Matera.
How good is this bloke going to be with a full complement of players flicking it to him in space. Great skills, pace and one touch - he is a gem and still a pup.
 

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How good is this bloke going to be with a full complement of players flicking it to him in space. Great skills, pace and one touch - he is a gem and still a pup.
He's already had a little taste of what's to come with Powell and Phillips putting him into space, barely having to break stride. I reckon he'd be on half a monga thinking about what could be on the horizon.
 

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He was pretty average on the weekend I thought - BUT still managed to kick the ball between the taller posts when most players on both sides could not.

Augers well for a successful future as a forward/winger type player.

Despite our balls up of the 2017 draft we have ended up coming out of it ok with Stevo, Bonar and LDU.
 

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Absolutely. Tip of the iceberg with this kid.

The coaches were pushing him hard in the preseason to get up and down the ground at full tilt in drills. Clearly with the view to the midfield role. I imagine it's new to him at this level, so you'd think there'd be quite a bit of scope there.

We saw past the the goalsneak role he had at Collingwood an hopefully we make out like highway bandits. Dream about him running up and down the wing at the G on GF day, slotting goals from 50 ala Peter Matera.
I was just thinking another preseason worth of fitness, let alone improvements from others helping him.
 

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Usayed Givashe

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Yeah Gun. When was the last player we had who could play midfield, play ‘ordinary’ and still kick 2 and be our most dangerous forward.

Different players obviously but does he have a bit of attacking Schimma about him? I was too young to see him at his best.

2017 Draft of LDU @ 4, Stepho @ 6 and Bonar @11 is an incredible result for us the way they are all tracking. LDU probably last of the bunch at this stage which is remarkable.
 

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Yeah Gun. When was the last player we had who could play midfield, play ‘ordinary’ and still kick 2 and be our most dangerous forward.

Different players obviously but does he have a bit of attacking Schimma about him? I was too young to see him at his best.

2017 Draft of LDU @ 4, Stepho @ 6 and Bonar @11 is an incredible result for us the way they are all tracking. LDU probably last of the bunch at this stage which is remarkable.
I have loved what Bonar has put out this year but to suggest that his body of work is better than LDU's is crazy talk.
 

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That interview has got me pumped. JS2 is that positive, it is infectious.

As tough as it would be playing in a 0-5 side, pretty clear that he’s enjoying his footy more then his last couple years at the Pies.
I remember them showing him sitting on the bench during a Pies game in the second half of last season and he looked despondent. He wasn't injured and the Pies were going okay, but he was despondent. He seems to be in a great state of mind now and is having a career-best season stats-wise as well.

200 plus games and 300 plus goals are my predictions for JS in the right coloured stripes.
 

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