- Sep 3, 2007
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
Your time line is probably correct but looking at your comment above in another way, teams like Geelong and Hawthorn don't appear to worry about carrying several players in this age group. They are successful consistently with older types and when the need arises they just replace them by trading. They usually operate in the here and now rather than thinking 2 or 3 years in the future. But, I take your main point that drafting young replacements to develop in the wings is good policy.I get that we have younger guys as defensive depth, but that's not the point I am making.
Clearly with all of our first choice midsize defenders from last year's final being 26-31, they will start to leave our list in the next few years. Probably Suckers this year, Wood in 2021 and Duryea in 2-3 years.
Some of the 2019 depth guys like La Young and Williams will fill some of that void, some depth like Lynch, R.Smith,vKhamis won't.
Either way, the seeming big depth pool of 2019 will recede in the coming years without replenishment.
Next year, we probably take 3 forward/mids in Jamarra, MacPherson and Raak.
From this point of view, considering how the list may look in 2-3 years, it surprises me that people were melting that 1 of our 5 recruits would be a guy who has predominantly played as a mid defender.