Keep an eye on Cox
Last pre-season it was Hugh McCluggage turning heads and this time it's fellow 2016 draftee Cedric Cox. The third-year utility has struggled for a regular senior spot in his two seasons but hit the ground running this pre-season, noticeably fitter, faster and stronger. Brisbane is begging for a running defender to add to its mix and the highly skilled West Australian has done everything possible so far to impress the coaching staff. - Michael Whiting
On the topic of "who will be the run and carry player for Brisbane in 2019" it got me thinking about it who our breakout players will be in 2019. Given it is such a broad term, I have chosen two - one player who will Breakout in the sense of becoming best 22 and the second who I believe will have a big 2019 and be recognised as an elite player.
1: Cedric Cox
I think Cox will push his way into our best 22 in the early parts of 2019 and have a big impact with his elite ball use, run and carry and Newfound defensive pressure. I can really see him being taken under Hodgys wing and he will come in and provide us with some special moments.
2: Hugh McCluggage
It's funny choosing two third year players to breakout in 2019, but I genuinely think Hugh is one good preseason away from being an absolute midfield dynamo. His silky skills are already shining most weeks, but in 2019 he'll have 50 odd games under his belt, 3 pre seasons of fitness and development and will nail down a midfield spot and will be recognised as a genuinely elite AFL player.
This is one of the best posts on the board.Its imaginative and reasoned,and I agree with it !Its a waste of time picking best 22 now. There is much blood to go under the bridge,before that is in any way more than a guess,and an uneducated one at that.There is a queue of contenders lining up,many are better footballers than the incumbents.The team we need to have out there by mid season,hopefully is very different to what finished 2018.
Zac Bailey looks like he could cement his position in the team. Has attributes that a lot of the team doesn't. I hope we persist with him in the forward /wing area. Players who have a burst of speed, can play in the midfield and kick multiple goals are like gold.
Cedric Cox has the potential to become a Chris Yarran type player. In his prime Yarran was one of the best attacking defenders in the comp with his combination of speed, agility and foot skills. Cedric has a very similar skillset.