Prediction 2021 starting 22

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Mikevk123

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B Witherdan Zerk-Thatcher Francis
HB Redman Hurley Ridley
C Shiel Dunkley Langford
HF Stringer Laverde Smith
F Tipungwuti Stewart Cahill
FOLL: Draper McGrath Parish
INTER: Heppell, Caldwell, Jones, Snelling
 

citizen-erased

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Getting fanciful here

In: Dunkley, Caldwell, Witherden, O'Driscoll, Perkins, Brand, Eyre (Callow & Treacy if we can swing it too)
Out: Fantasia (26), Saad (8), Daniher (7), future 2nd (Caldwell)

Witherden Zerk Francis
Ridley Hurley O'Driscoll
Langford Dunkley Merrett
Perkins Stewart Clarke
Tippa Hooker Stringer
Draper Shiel McGrath
Parish Caldwell Heppell Smith
 

Seb78

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Wishful thinking based on trade spec.

B: Francis Zerk-Thatcher Ridley
HB: Redman Hurley Stoddart
C: Caldwell Shiel Merrett
HF: Langford Stewart Smith
F: Stringer Wright Tipungwuti
R: Draper Dunkley McGrath
INT: Heppell Cox O'Driscoll Parish

On ball contingent looks solid.

Ins: Dunkley, Wright, Stoddart, Perkins, Cox, O'Driscoll, Brand, Eyre

Outs: Daniher, Saad, Fantasia, Laverde, Hooker
 

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Keystone agony

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I think Zac Merrett needs to go back

No doubt they just go with Redman, Ridley, Hurley, Ambrose, Francis, Guelfi, Gleeson

I'd like to see Zac Merrett go back as the main distributor. He'd be great across half back. Basically what he did this year but just off a wing and a small bit inside.

See if Rutten has the balls to pull give it a crack considering the Zac Merrett situation
 
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Keystone agony

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Broad (28) - Hurley (31) - Francis (24)
Ridley (23) - Ambrose (30) - Z.Merrett (26)
Heppell (29) - Dunkley (24) - Langford (24)
D.Smith (28) - J.Stewart (27) - D.Parish (24)
Tippa (28) - Stringer (27) - Laverde (24)
Draper (23) - Mcgrath (23) - D.Shiel (28)

Guelfi (24), Redman (24), Caldwell (21), Schulz/Ronke/Snelling (23)

(Age Turning)
How capable?
 
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srobbo

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Wishful thinking based on trade spec.

B: Francis Zerk-Thatcher Ridley
HB: Redman Hurley Stoddart
C: Caldwell Shiel Merrett
HF: Langford Stewart Smith
F: Stringer Wright Tipungwuti
R: Draper Dunkley McGrath
INT: Heppell Cox O'Driscoll Parish

On ball contingent looks solid.

Ins: Dunkley, Wright, Stoddart, Perkins, Cox, O'Driscoll, Brand, Eyre

Outs: Daniher, Saad, Fantasia, Laverde, Hooker
Wishful thinking based on trade spec.

B: Francis Zerk-Thatcher Ridley
HB: Redman Hurley Stoddart
C: Caldwell Shiel Merrett
HF: Langford Stewart Smith
F: Stringer Wright Tipungwuti
R: Draper Dunkley McGrath
INT: Heppell Cox O'Driscoll Parish

On ball contingent looks solid.

Ins: Dunkley, Wright, Stoddart, Perkins, Cox, O'Driscoll, Brand, Eyre

Outs: Daniher, Saad, Fantasia, Laverde, Hooker
You blokes forgetting Ambrose is on our list or am I assuming you’ve traded him? Our best defender bar none.
 

Sockeye

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Ambrose Ridley Redman
McGrath Francis Heppell
Merrett Dunkley Langford
Tippa Stringer Laverde
Smith Stewart Snelling

Draper Shiel Parish

Phillips Caldwell ? ?

Hooker and Hurley are now depth. Still expect them to play a fair share of games.
 
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BuffDog

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Assuming we land Dunkley and Caldwell in trades at minimum & excluding non NGA draftees:

Ambrose - Zerk Thatcher/Hurley - Ridley
McGrath - Francis - Redman
Merrett - Dunkley - Langford
Smith - Stewart - Stringer
AMT - Hooker - Snelling

Draper - Shiel - Parish

Int: Caldwell, Laverde, Heppell, Ham

Depth: (Hurley/Zerk), Phillips, Zaharakis, Jones, Eyre, Brand, Cahill, Clarke, Gleeson, Cutler, Townsend, Mosquito (inj.), Johnson, Mcbride, Mcquillan

Strengths:
- A deeper and more balanced ruck/midfield set up
- Intercept defenders

Weaknesses:
- Lack of quality depth
- Key defenders lack size and experience
- No legitimate FF
- Lacking lockdown defenders and speedy half backs (ironically)
- A capable small forward to assist AMT

Needs:
- A FF
- Half backs with pace and good kicking skills
- A lockdown defender
- A pacey, opportunist small forward
- Potentially KPD if Zerk, Francis and Brand don't come on
 

JT_the_Man

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B Francis - Ambrose/BZT - Ridley
HB Redman - Hurley - Smith
C Langford - McGrath - Merrett
HF Snelling - Stewart - Zaharakis
F Tippa - Wright - Stringer
R Draper - Dunkley - Shiel
Int. Parish - Heppell - Caldwell - Bonner
Emg. Clarke - Laverde - Guelfi - Hooker
 

TheDONFather333

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B: Ridley BZT Ambrose
HB: Redman Hurley AMT/McGrath/Heppell
C: Langford McGrath/Caldwell/Francis Parish
HF: Stringer Stewart Smith
F: AMT/Cahill Wright Snelling
R: Draper Dunkley Merrett
Int: Shiel Brand Eyre Bonner/Ham
 

vass44

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B: Hurley Zerk Ambrose
HB: Redman Ridley Guelfi
C: Langford McGrath Shiel
HF: Stringer Laverde Snelling
F: Wright Stewart Tippa

R: Draper Dunkley Merrett

Int: Parish Smith Francis Heppell/Zakka


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pazza

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B: Ambrose, Hurley, Redman
HB: Ridley, Hooker, Heppell
C: Merrett, Shiel, Parish
HF: Langford, Wright, McDonald-Tipungwuti
F: Stringer, Stewart, Caldwell
R: Draper, Dunkley, Smith
Int: Zerk-Thatcher, Francis, Ham, Snelling
 

TheWeapon

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Assuming a few trades still to go through


B: Francis, Hurley, Ridley
HB: Merrett, Hooker/BZT, Ham
C: Caldwell, McGrath, Redman
HF: Langford, Stewart, Stringer
FF: Tippa, Wright, Snelling
R: Draper, Shiel, Dunkley
I/C: Parish, Heppell, Laverde, Ambrose
Emerg: Smith, Zaharakis, Guelfi

Still think we have a lot of holes even if these trades go through. In general going for youth over aging/injured players. Merrett is a great ball user and could play a quarterback role across half back. Ham would replace some the pace lost from Saad/McKenna. Question mark would be if these two are strong enough defensively to play there. Redman has shown signs of being a great ball user as well having the height to take contested marks so would play him further up the ground
 

Old Stuckup

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B: Francis - Zerk-Thatcher - Ridley
HB: Redman - Hurley - Smith
C: Merrett - Dunkley - Heppell
HF: Langford - Stewart - Snelling
F: Stringer - Wright - McDonald-Tipungwuti
R: Draper - Shiel - Merrett
I/C: Parish - Caldwell - Laverde - Ham

EMG: Guelfi - Laverde - Clarke - Ambrose
 

JT_the_Man

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Goddard’s best 22

B Redman - Ambrose - Francis
HB Ridley - Hooker - Heppell
C Zaharakis - Dunkley - Merrett
HF Langford - Hurley - Smith
F Tippa - Wright - Stringer
R Draper - Shiel - McGrath
Int. Parish - Caldwell - Laverde - Gleeson
 

Space Indaver

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Goddard’s best 22

B Redman - Ambrose - Francis
HB Ridley - Hooker - Heppell
C Zaharakis - Dunkley - Merrett
HF Langford - Hurley - Smith
F Tippa - Wright - Stringer
R Draper - Shiel - McGrath
Int. Parish - Caldwell - Laverde - Gleeson

Thanks for writing this down! I missed the start
 

Atavistic

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That backline doesn't look good at all.

Dodo seriously needs to draft a HBFer. I hear it's a specialty of his.
 

Space Indaver

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Redman Ambrose Francis
Ridley Hooker Heppell
Zaharakis Dunkley Merrett
Langford Hurley Smith
Tippa Wright Stringer
Draper Shiel McGrath
Parish Caldwell Laverde Gleeson
Ham, Mozzie, Stewart, BZT, Guelfi, Phillips, Snelling, Jones

That leaves us with 8 more spots, if rumours of the list being 38 are true. 2 of which will be the academy kids and probably 2 first rounders, assuming we don't get smashed in the Dunk trade.

Cutler? Towna?

There are quite a few kids currently listed that will be on the way out if things stay like that.
 

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