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It all depends on the development of Cerra and Brayshaw in the middle. Our midfield will be sparse if those two dont take another step.
At the very least I am expecting improvements on last season regardless of the development of those two (and I expect significant development from them);
  • Neale out, but Conca and Colyer in.
  • Our HB line which has been reliant on midfielders (Blakely, sHill and Cerra) has other options now. Logue returns and Nyhuis is the more natural player in that position.
  • Blakely a ready to go inside bull.
  • Fyfe and the Hills over their injuries.
  • Sandilands and Darcy both look to be available.
  • Instead of Taberner being the default 2nd ruck, we now have Lobb who is a massive upgrade.
  • North and Bewley should be reasonable options. Crowden and Giro at the worst provide depth.
  • Valente is smart and physically pretty developed.
  • Having such a well credentialed forward line will change the midfield play. Even a default plan of "bomb it long" could work. We have a small army of players with elite long kicking skills from the half-back line through the midfield.
  • Our ability to hold the ball forward has improved significantly.
  • All of the above has been a clear strategy which has taken place over a 2-3 year period. The club has been planning for it, and I have no doubt the game plan has been altering to facilitate it. We are ready to go into a fast-track mode.
Yes, I am optimistic.
 

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At the very least I am expecting improvements on last season regardless of the development of those two (and I expect significant development from them);
  • Neale out, but Conca and Colyer in.
  • Our HB line which has been reliant on midfielders (Blakely, sHill and Cerra) has other options now. Logue returns and Nyhuis is the more natural player in that position.
  • Blakely a ready to go inside bull.
  • Fyfe and the Hills over their injuries.
  • Sandilands and Darcy both look to be available.
  • Instead of Taberner being the default 2nd ruck, we now have Lobb who is a massive upgrade.
  • North and Bewley should be reasonable options. Crowden and Giro at the worst provide depth.
  • Valente is smart and physically pretty developed.
  • Having such a well credentialed forward line will change the midfield play. Even a default plan of "bomb it long" could work. We have a small army of players with elite long kicking skills from the half-back line through the midfield.
  • Our ability to hold the ball forward has improved significantly.
  • All of the above has been a clear strategy which has taken place over a 2-3 year period. The club has been planning for it, and I have no doubt the game plan has been altering to facilitate it. We are ready to go into a fast-track mode.
Yes, I am optimistic.
Im optimistic as well, I'm not super bullish about next season. Loving the process though.
 

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Im optimistic as well, I'm not super bullish about next season. Loving the process though.
Oh yeah, I don't think it all hangs on next season. There will be an evaluation of Lyon and how that side of things is progressing, and that means potential change, but that is normal process.
 

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At the very least I am expecting improvements on last season regardless of the development of those two (and I expect significant development from them);
  • Neale out, but Conca and Colyer in.
  • Our HB line which has been reliant on midfielders (Blakely, sHill and Cerra) has other options now. Logue returns and Nyhuis is the more natural player in that position.
  • Blakely a ready to go inside bull.
  • Fyfe and the Hills over their injuries.
  • Sandilands and Darcy both look to be available.
  • Instead of Taberner being the default 2nd ruck, we now have Lobb who is a massive upgrade.
  • North and Bewley should be reasonable options. Crowden and Giro at the worst provide depth.
  • Valente is smart and physically pretty developed.
  • Having such a well credentialed forward line will change the midfield play. Even a default plan of "bomb it long" could work. We have a small army of players with elite long kicking skills from the half-back line through the midfield.
  • Our ability to hold the ball forward has improved significantly.
  • All of the above has been a clear strategy which has taken place over a 2-3 year period. The club has been planning for it, and I have no doubt the game plan has been altering to facilitate it. We are ready to go into a fast-track mode.
Yes, I am optimistic.

I am also Optimistic - I agree on all you have said. Conca will be a better get than most on here are giving him credit for. At the very least he is a two way mid, who makes good decisions and has a good tank with a mature body.

With Brayshaw and Cerra developing and improvement from Banfield and Blakely in the middle I think we have improved in every area of the field.

If Hogan only plays as well as last year, and I think he should continue to improve given his age we are big improvers.

Expecting a 7-10 finish.
 
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Think loss of Neale and in of Hogan offsets to even. If midfield (Blakely, Hill Banfield) hold up and we can make most of early draw get to mid way even w/L and Hogan is up and running we are good for an 12 win season
 
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I am also Optimistic - I agree on all you have said. Conca will be a better get than most on here are giving him credit for. At the very least he is a two way mid, who makes good decisions and has a good tank with a mature body.
Word of caution. I know several Tiges fans and Conca was their universal scape goat last year. He apparently turns it over a lot. I’m trying to keep an open mind, but it will be interesting to see he goes now he’s ours - you follow them a lot more closely when they’re yours!
 

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Word of caution. I know several Tiges fans and Conca was their universal scape goat last year. He apparently turns it over a lot. I’m trying to keep an open mind, but it will be interesting to see he goes now he’s ours - you follow them a lot more closely when they’re yours!
He played almost all the games this year in a top side, can't be too bad.
 
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Are you? Perhaps they made their teammates better collectively? Teams don't carry players in their golden years.
Right through footballing history there is a litany of average players who have played in good teams, won premierships and even won individual honours.

Conca was in the B22 of the 2018 minor premiers, so he gets a game for us. It’s just that I’m not greatly confident that he’ll be a top 5 player based on feedback I’ve had from Richmond fans - I am hoping that Hogan will deliver that.
 
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