Norm Smith Medallist
- Aug 22, 2014
- AFL Club
Yeah, I reckon Simmo starts but probably doesn't finish in the best 22. Whether Newman or Willo takes that spot is dependent on Willo's fitness and Teague's attitude towards youth. Newman should provide consistent good output, but getting games into Willo could pay off more in the medium term (ie. next year).Probably the toughest area of the ground to pick at this stage.
Realistically there are 8 to choose from and I am struggling to bring that down to 7.
Those four pick themselves IMO.
We are clearly looking at SPS off half back though I maintain long-term he'll be moved back into the midfield where I think we'll see his best footy.
One of these three have to miss out here and I am just not comfortable splitting them at this stage.
- Marchbank is a clear best 22 player but we haven't seen the best of him yet due to injury and I fear we never will.
- Simmo, this is the closest I have been to advocating for him not being there in over a decade. A stalwart, the end is nigh, but I cannot quite get my head around him not being there if he is fit.
- Newman was the surprise packet of 2019 for many, but not for me. I was very vocal in this thread last year in that he will be a part of our best side, and he had a very good debut season in navy blue. Not sure he is a lock, but also not sure he will be squeezed out as many are suggesting.