- Jul 25, 2008
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Oakland Raiders
I agree with much of this, but not all. For instance comparisons to Reid can’t simply be dismissed as silly. Yes Reid has received two contracts he shouldn’t have and is held together by soft tissue, but two knee reconstructions at Dunn’s age is hard to overcome and we have no reference point because it never happens.Any other player than Dunn and I'd likely agree with much of what you say but he's the very antithesis of "normal". He's a guy who took 8-9 years to find his role within a team then when he'd finally found it got overlooked so his club could nurture the kids. He's a guy who at 30-31 was still honing his craft and was arguably improving year on year. I think he'll get re-listed and be playing VFL very early.
Comparisons to Reid are silly. We've seen the decline in aspects of his game already, not overly blessed with pace he's lost another 1/2 a yard, his greatest weapon which is his kicking has lost penetration. We saw none of that with Dunn pre-ACL. The only valid aspect to the comparison is age.
People rave about Roughy's 2019 season (and I'm not suggesting that's unreasonable) but Dunn pre-ACL offered so much more in terms of 1v1 contested footy, pace, and offensive kicking. Time will tell if he can recapture anything like that form in 2020 but if he can I'd rather him in that role.
I think the key is that time will tell on Dunn’s ability to return and given the resurgence of Roughead there should be no urgency on Dunn’s availability. It’s for that reason I’d suggest we at least explore the prospect of the Deledio role rather than locking in one path. For instance what happens if Dunn goes down in our first intra club match with a third knee? We’ve lost our insurance and not had an alternative training with the club. I’m not one to normally take the conservative route, but here I’d ask why not when you can have multiple options on the table.