Reckon Young is every chance. Half back is the easiest position and he is probably already in our top 3 kicks.cannot see any of the new draftees playing Rnd 1 except perhaps Serong. The other two need to fill out a bit.
Ryan - Hamling - Logue
Wilson - Pearce - Hughes
Aish - Fyfe - Hill
Walters - Hogan - Sturt
Matera - Lobb - Switta
Darcy - Conca - Brayshaw
Cerra - Acres - Cox - Mundy
I really want to see early games for Sturt
I agree re Valente, that"s why it's quite troubling he still appears hampered by that groin issueI generally prefer young players to play 5 or more games at wafl level before being introduced unless they have shown compelling pre-season form. And I really want Peel to be an academy/training ground that prepares our players for that kind of opportunity. Sometimes it has felt like we don't get the maximum return from the Peel relationship, and I realise that as a wafl club they have their own needs and agenda. I can see our best 22 at the start of the year being significantly different from the end of the year.
The emerging player I most want to press up is Valente; Big body, football smart and good disposal. Would love Sturt to be pushing in but he sounds like he may still require some bulking up unless he can be protected a little in our game plan.
Big fan of Switta's field kicking, awareness and pressure. Think he is going to be a good player.Switta over Serong? What's your thoughts there?
Chaps, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but playing the kids doesn't work. The best players in all teams are aged between 22 - 30. I actually can't remember the last time someone came in and was a genuine star in their first year (Clayton Oliver perhaps and he went backwards anyway).Play the kids.
Young should be played in front of Hughes and Duiman.Chaps, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but playing the kids doesn't work. The best players in all teams are aged between 22 - 30. I actually can't remember the last time someone came in and was a genuine star in their first year (Clayton Oliver perhaps and he went backwards anyway).
Look at the biggest improvers last year - Ryan, Tucker, Langdon. All about 22 (Same age as Alex Pearce when he got good, same age as Fyfe when he got good, same age as Neale when he got good and it goes on and on and on).
People on thread that have Sturt, Young and Henry in our best 22 ahead of guys like Blakely are kidding themselves. Even Brayshaw and Cerra are a few years off. We are looking pretty darn good for about 4 years from now though. Based on our current age demographic, I hope our next contending years are 2022 2023 and 2024.
In reality you’re probably right but imo at this stage these kids should not be considered best 22 until they’ve earned it.Young should be played in front of Hughes and Duiman.
Blakely needs to go back into the middle. Young is a better defender than Blakely.
Henry and Serong should be selected in front of Shultz,Bewley.
Port played Rozee, Butters and Duuxsma and they performed.
Clark did pretty well at the Cats.
I rather play first rounder kids in front of Colyer and any other crab.