Player Watch #21: Dyson Heppell (C)

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Lore

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Contract Status: Unrestricted Free Agent 2022
Last Game Played: Round 16, 2020 (injured)
Injury Status: Tracking well, in full training - 9/2
Building up his training load, integrating with the main group - 20/1
Surgery, new screws, plaster, 10 weeks. Should start pre-season on time - 15/9
Surgery to remove a screw from his ankle - 11/9
 
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HirdsTheWord

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Showed last year he is a good captain and player...dragged us into the finals last year on one foot..do people forget how much he was missed and then came back for crucial Freo game? Has a year of bad luck with injury and everyone seems willing to dump it on him. Ridiculous
People are just frustrated.

Do I think Hep should be traded? No. But I get why people are frustrated.

Hep has done some great things as a player, but he's has been a very lackluster captain.
 

Bunk Moreland

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Damned if you do, damned if you don't I guess.
For sure, a bit of this.

I just worry a bit about our communication though. It just feels so read. If you’re going to do something like this, the first thing you do is go to Dyson, say this is why we’re doing, and if he’s on board... get him to write it. Then from there you can work with him on it if stuff needs adding/taking out from a club point of view. At least that way things have a sense of authenticity, it’s at least partly come from him.

This seems like it’s just a script jammed in front of him... I dunno. Maybe I’m wrong.
 

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Lore

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For sure, a bit of this.

I just worry a bit about our communication though. It just feels so read. If you’re going to do something like this, the first thing you do is go to Dyson, say this is why we’re doing, and if he’s on board... get him to write it. Then from there you can work with him on it if stuff needs adding/taking out from a club point of view. At least that way things have a sense of authenticity, it’s at least partly come from him.

This seems like it’s just a script jammed in front of him... I dunno. Maybe I’m wrong.
I don’t think he disagrees with the sentiment but it didn’t sound like his words apart from “hi gang” at the start. Needed more cherry ripes and she’ll be rights.
 

Squeaky

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Words - we've heard them all.
We're still here listening - and one wonders why when quite often the effort and actions on the field are not befitting an AFL club.
Particularly one that has rolled out these same platitudes before!
Get real!
 

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For the past 5 and a bit years, I've often felt like Essendon's board on this website is the worst section of the world wide web.

Yes, we're frustrated.
No, we can't improve the game plan.

We can, however, demand that Dice and the crew take their footy and their games seriously and tell us how genuinely hurt they are.

What's the difference between ignorance and apathy?
I don't know and I don't care.

I haven't cared enough about the players enough to believe in them yet I feel insane just watching the same crap and expecting different results.

Word dump, don't care.


Dyson's a good speaker.

Just tell him he can do without teleprompters.
 

Yoda_

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Echoing my sentiments from earlier in the year but Dyson will be our most important player being on the park in 2021.

His leadership, his ability to actually football, his ability to sacrifice his game for the betterment of the team cannot be understated either.




I wouldn't mind him moving to half back, provide some leadership and direction from behind the ball but his size and body would be super beneficial to our small midfield brigaide would be great as well.

Can we clone him and bring in two Dyson's for 2021?
 

yodellinhank

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Big tick for Dyson as the leader of the club from BJ on the ABC talk back. Said he is really important in t terms of empathy and isn't an excuse based athlete.

Good to hear and hopefully the captaincy is one area we have locked down for next season.
Did BJ ring up for the quiz?
 

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BrunoV

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Never thought that I'd say this but I think Heppell's future role is as the seventh defender.

It gets him out of the midfield and provides some experience, leadership, etc at half back where we might otherwise be a bit light. While he doesn't provide the run of Houli we could then look at someone like Markov or Hunt to provide that run and develop some players for the future (e.g. Mc Quillan).
 

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Never thought that I'd say this but I think Heppell's future role is as the seventh defender.

It gets him out of the midfield and provides some experience, leadership, etc at half back where we might otherwise be a bit light. While he doesn't provide the run of Houli we could then look at someone like Markov or Hunt to provide that run and develop some players for the future (e.g. Mc Quillan).
I floated the idea earlier in the year and I think it was ant555 that gave a reasonable indication of how Dyson will go into the future.


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BrunoV

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Can’t Hepp but think that at another club that’s the role he would have played from day one.... to a multi AA level

Naah, he's was always a midfielder.

His first year wasn't that good anyway, it's not that hard to float around at half back without an opponent. His second year won few plaudits but he went into the midfield and played adult footy. It was a much better year.

McGrath was destroying the leagues best small forwards and still rebounding. That was a remarkable first year.
 

FlyingV

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Naah, he's was always a midfielder.

His first year wasn't that good anyway, it's not that hard to float around at half back without an opponent. His second year won few plaudits but he went into the midfield and played adult footy. It was a much better year.

McGrath was destroying the leagues best small forwards and still rebounding. That was a remarkable first year.
Yeah but he’s good at floating. Hepp would be a top 5 floater.
 

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