- Oct 2, 2005
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Steelers,Dodgers,Casey Stoner
McGovern being the player he is has really suffered from a lack of continuity, in for 2-3 games and then out again for 2-3 plus a lack of continuity in training as well really affects someone like him who relies on his touch to get his confidence going, think of the marks he has flown to early for or to late which comes down to touch and training loads.It is different standards for different players, it's not a level playing field. Different players put in different effort and get different results. Doc was an AA, Thomas was an AA, both received unlucky severe injuries in no part due to effort. Both have always had a high work ethic.
McGovern has never been a great player and has always had claims made against him that he's a conditional player with effort that rises and drops. Training habits have often been queried and you could see in his body shape he wasn't putting in with lots of ticky tack injury issues that could be related to fitness and training efforts. Granted the last ~2yrs it seems he's stepped up his training efforts and that's great, but even then he's had periods where he looks to be lacking motivation on the field despite reportedly putting in off the field.
2 guys who are proven superstars and are off field leaders and mentors you'll give benefit of the doubt to. A guy who's never been anything but a tease with questionable work ethic, on decent money, traded in for 2x 2nd round picks and is in his already in his mid 20s isn't going to get that privilege. Guys earn that respect, and McGovern hasn't yet. It's not an unfair equation.
Russell says he is in the best shape he’s been in and he has had a pretty good pre season without missing to many sessions, this should hopefully have his touch and his judgment honed a bit better than past years and hopefully he can get back out there for the Saints game and get his game ready for Rd1 by flying for and clunking a few marks instead of misjudging them.
I’m expecting a good season from Gov this year where we see him pushing up high and taking marks and then wheeling around and delivering with his beautiful kicking to Harry on the lead as this makes us a much better side.