Prediction 2018 Best 22

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  1. Yoda_

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    We should be fine enough with Heppell, Myers, BJ, Myers all in there, whilst Langford should be allowed more midfield minutes after an initial development year as an inside mid.


    If anything, it appears we are looking to break open teams from behind the ball as we did in 2017.
     

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    Probably the closest to the pin, although David Myers appears to be a lock when fit.
     
  3. Bombers36

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    Myers will be depth only in 2018. He was lucky to eek out 15 games this year - and there were plenty of ordinary ones amongst those...
     
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    As an inside midfielder, he will be selected before Goddard & Langford whilst being a useful best 22 player as a utility.
    [coming from one of his biggest critics]
     
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    Big call Yoda...

    BJ second in the Crichton this year hard to see Myers getting a run before him
    Langford - who is still only 20 - has waaaaay more upside than the injury prone Myers - I'd be prepared to bet a fair bit of money that he plays more games than Myers does in 2018
     
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    looks about right, though i think Bags may lose his spot to Gleeson at some stage next year.
    that brings Langford in as an onballer. Smith will be the same.

    Small changes:
    Gleeson Hartley Ambrose
    Saad Hurley McKenna
    Zaharakis Heppell McGrath
    Stringer Daniher AMT
    Fantasia Hooker Stewart
    Bellchambers Parish Merrett
    Goddard Langford Smith Laverde
     
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    Sorry you're right, McKenna rolling through as well. I wouldn't be supprised if he spends more time up the field with McGrath next season.
     
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    Not on 2017 form, he'd need to improve to get games consistently.
     
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    With our lack of bigger bodies mids, I imagine that Myers will have to play relatively regularly if Laverde and Langford don't come on in that role as hoped next year.
     
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    Langford possibly at the start of the year, but Goddard is selected ahead of Myers every time.
     
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    I think Myers starts the year in the best 22, but if his form continues the way it was this year (not that it was shocking, but it wasn't great), I think the form player of Langford/Laverde replaces him.
     
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    i would like to see if SSS happened...

    Bags Hooker Ambrose
    Saad Hurley McKenna
    McGrath Heppell Zaharakis
    Tippa JD Smith
    Stewart Stringer Fantasia

    Bellchambers Parish Merret

    Inter: Gleeson Langford Myers Goddard
     
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    B: Bags Ambrose Gleeson

    HB: Saad Hurley McKenna

    C: McGrath Heppell Zaharakis

    HF: Stringer Daniher Walla

    F: Fantasia Hooker Stewart

    R: Bellchambers Zerrett Myers

    Int: Smith Parish Begley Goddard

    I think we can turn the big four into a real weapon this year. JD, Hooker, Stewart and Stringer are all really complimentary players. Particularly if we can get good midfield minutes out of Stringer then the whole thing really hangs together nicely.
     
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    I personally think that Baguley won’t make our best 22, there were games last year where he struggled with the pace of the game
     
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    On this year's form, I agree, Beej gets selected before Myers every week. Myers needs a huge preseason to try and recapture his pre-saga form. I'd prefer if he were in the side because of his size. It would be great if BJ, Myers, Langford and Laverde could all be ready to go from Round 1, but on current form, I agree both Langford and Laverde have more upside than Myers.
     
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    Thing about Myers is that his form improved as the year went on. Woosha allowed him to play into form so hopefully that trajectory continues over the pre-season and into 2018. We need our big bodies.
     
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    Woosha wants Joey out of the ruck. Could we do a Richmond Grigg ruck/wing sort of thing with Paddy? And yes I remember the debacle against Natnui, but just as a back up to give TinkerBell a spell during matches? I think he gives us some much needed aggression around the packs and a running mobile second ruck seems like a successful developing trend. For periods of a game TBell takes centre bounce then drifts forward and Ambrose rucks around the ground with Parish playing his wing. Doggies were also similar in 2016. He can always go back in to defence if we need the matchup.

    Bags Hartley Gleeson

    McKenna Hurley Saad

    Ambrose Heppell Smith

    Parish Daniher Fantasia

    Walla Hooker Stewart

    Bellchambers Stringer Merrett

    Goddard (m)
    Zaka (m)
    Begley
    Raffle ticket

    Stringer rotating with Walla and Zaka. One thing from Sydney final was that Walla can have a real presence in midfield. We looked more like it in the second half when Walla had stints on ball.

    Still hard to find the right balance. Last two premiers, on a basic level, have two key backs a key forward and 15 mids.
     
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    No room for the 2017 RS?

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    The idea of Stringer as a pack bursting midfielder going forward while resting and booting snags is making my loins quiver.
     
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    My mistake, there sure is. McGrath in for raffle ticket.
    Sure is going to be some competition for spots next year.

    Really liked the look of McNiece too before his injury. Bit of a forgotten player.

    More interested in people's thoughts on how to best utilise Ambrose and if he could play mid/second ruck.
    Seem to recall woosha alluding to a plan where Joey stays forward and wondering how that would look. Surely we wouldn't play Luey and Bellchambers so he must have some other ideas up his sleeve?
     
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    Rotating in that role with Begley.
     
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    If there is a gun inside mid on the market next year i can see the club going after him apart from Rockliff there weren't any mids available this year.
     
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    Baguley Ambrose Hurley
    Saad Hooker McKenna
    McGrath Heppell Zaharakis
    Stringer Daniher Begley
    Fantasia Stewart AMT
    TBC Merrett Parish
    Smith Myers Goddard Langford/Laverde
     
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    Gleeson,hooker,ambrose
    Saad,hurley,McKenna
    McGrath,heppell,zacka
    Smith,stewart,stringer
    Razzle,daniher,walla
    Tbell,zerrett,Goddard

    Myers,parish,Laverde,langford/colyer/fridge

    Probably left someone out
     
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    I would rather Stewart as 2nd ruck, he's getting bigger and stronger. He also stated he played midfield before a growth spurt so should be able to find it after completing the ruck contest.
    He won't star in the role but is a better option than ambrose and protects Daniher from an unnecessary injury.
     
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