Mega Thread 2019 List Management, Free Agency & Trade thread

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Sweetback

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Pretty sure Mundy insinuated a contract extension was being worked out a couple of months ago. I reckon Ballas will get an extension too.
 

Sweetback

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Ballas will need to get fit and stay that way to be a chance. No point in carrying 30+ that never play (Sandi gets a pass because he is/was awesome).
He’s still got plenty of toe and has been an asset in the forward line the last couple years, so yes, if he stays fit I think he’ll get another year.
 

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He might.

He does like money and enjoys the contest.

Also, he can play forward and reduce his midfield minutes.

Still playing great footy,
But the problem is, playing one season too many. I’m sure he has that at the back of his mind.
North is really a difficult one. He’s not rated for some reason. Can be a Neale type player. Rake up the possessions and gets involved inside. Just injured at crucial times. Brayshaw have said he’s one of the better Victorian players, I think it was.
 

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Ballas is done. He gets fit, for what? He’s been an incredible servant to the club but just feel his best isn’t going to cop it in AFL these days.
 

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Bennel ?
North ?

That’s 6 probables and 2 unsure.
I feel that’s probably going to be looked at.
McCarthy not getting a game with Lobb and Tabs out, is very telling. Suggests perhaps has something mentally going on? His efforts and desire for Peel seems lacking. I’d put Dixon ahead of him now, young and raw potential that gives everything.
 

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Nope not a chance. He’s been terrible the last couple of years.
Gone. Shouldn’t have got the contract this year.
I agree but he’s offered as much in the last couple of years as Switta has this year and most seem to think Switta is currently best 22, so go figure.
 

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Ballas clearly isn't the same player as he was in 2014, but is still comfortably better than Switta or Schultz as it stands.
 

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He doesn't need to be better than those options this year, he needs to be better next year.
 

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Aren't a couple of our NGA players projecting as small forwards? Henry and Western? I'd be comfortable letting Ballas go.
 

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Ballantyne would combust if he tried to do the off the ball work Switkowski does, that’s if he keeps his feet and is able to even get to the contest, he’s as mobile as a ruck these days
I don't know if that is true since I don't get to watch live very often. What I do know is Sam has kicked as many goals in his 10 games as Ballas did in round 23 last year.

Switta does some good stuff, but he also barely touches the ball or kicks a goal.
 

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I don't know if that is true since I don't get to watch live very often. What I do know is Sam has kicked as many goals in his 10 games as Ballas did in round 23 last year.

Switta does some good stuff, but he also barely touches the ball or kicks a goal.
I don’t think it’s his role to hit the scoreboard, and Ballantyne is pretty much at the point he’s a net negative even when kicking goals for the rebound he lets through
 

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I don’t think it’s his role to hit the scoreboard, and Ballantyne is pretty much at the point he’s a net negative even when kicking goals for the rebound he lets through
Is that even true though? Ballas may not be what he was but it still looks like he is pressuring on TV.

Also, I know Sam should first and foremost apply pressure, but he is still a forward. No doubt he will improve but 0.4 gpg as a specialist forward is not good enough.
 

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Is that even true though? Ballas may not be what he was but it still looks like he is pressuring on TV.

Also, I know Sam should first and foremost apply pressure, but he is still a forward. No doubt he will improve but 0.4 gpg as a specialist forward is not good enough.
We're talking about a guy that's played about 10 games. He's proven he can pressure well. Now give him time to see if he can convert on the scoreboard. I think unfortunately for Switta, he's the only one that pressures in our forward line so it compromises his ability to get into good positions close to goal. I'm hopeful that the goals will come, as we certainly need his pressure.
 

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We're talking about a guy that's played about 10 games. He's proven he can pressure well. Now give him time to see if he can convert on the scoreboard. I think unfortunately for Switta, he's the only one that pressures in our forward line so it compromises his ability to get into good positions close to goal. I'm hopeful that the goals will come, as we certainly need his pressure.
I am not sure of the reasons because you can't accurately gauge that stuff on TV but I'll tell you now, he will have to find more of the ball and kick more goals over time else he won't make it.

Happy to give him a go and I don't even mind if it is ahead of Ballas, but I have seen nothing from him that suggests he is a better footballer than Ballas. There is a distinction there.
 

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But the problem is, playing one season too many. I’m sure he has that at the back of his mind.
North is really a difficult one. He’s not rated for some reason. Can be a Neale type player. Rake up the possessions and gets involved inside. Just injured at crucial times. Brayshaw have said he’s one of the better Victorian players, I think it was.
Veterans do have that question of playing one too many.

Only Ballantyne, Mundy and Sandilands are in that conversation.

I would keep Mundy on a yearly contract but retire the other two.
 

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I am not sure of the reasons because you can't accurately gauge that stuff on TV but I'll tell you now, he will have to find more of the ball and kick more goals over time else he won't make it.

Happy to give him a go and I don't even mind if it is ahead of Ballas, but I have seen nothing from him that suggests he is a better footballer than Ballas. There is a distinction there.
But the problem is Switter is a better footballer then Ballas NOW. Ballas was a great footballer, pressure and creating goals a few years ago. But now he’s not that level anymore. Switter is the best we got in that role now.
 
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