Player Watch #21: Dyson Heppell (C)

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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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Megabattimus

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Stick him on a wing and have him go inside when somebody needs a rest or when we're in deep **** and need him to dig in. Basically have him be the "in case of emergency break glass" inside mid that we kept trying to make Stringer into.
 

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I will dismiss it. Too slow.
No slower than Jarrad McVeigh or Matthew Boyd were when they won flags there.
 

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No slower than Jarrad McVeigh or Matthew Boyd were when they won flags there.
I suppose you have missed the fact opposition clubs tend to play blokes to run off him. I have no knock on him other than his weakness is he is slow and he has not got any quicker. Playing him at half back is not going to help us. He plays midfield or they use his marking ability to play forward.
 

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Doesn't matter where we put him on the field, his issues are exasperated by his slovenly appearance. If he can't tidy that up properly how is he supposed to be able to tidy up his disposal? If you look like you just got out of bed you'll probably move around like it.
 

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I suppose you have missed the fact opposition clubs tend to play blokes to run off him. I have no knock on him other than his weakness is he is slow and he has not got any quicker. Playing him at half back is not going to help us. He plays midfield or they use his marking ability to play forward.
Sure, but no slower than two premiership winners who played there. Get enough pressure on the ball and the damage is better mitigated than allowing the opposition plus one to start from the midfield spread.
 

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I'd have moved him out if we got Dunkley, but I'd start him in the middle and see how he goes. He was a proven ball winner prior to his injuries. If he struggles, then we move him onto a wing.
 

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Rutten said he has had a conversation with Heppell about potentially spending some time down back to bring some leadership and his ball use to that area with Saad gone (among other things). Doesn’t sound like a full time position change though.
 

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Rutten said he has had a conversation with Heppell about potentially spending some time down back to bring some leadership and his ball use to that area with Saad gone (among other things). Doesn’t sound like a full time position change though.
Heppell's ball use? Things are going to get worse before they get better aren't they?
 

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There is absolutely no need for Heppell to play defence.

There is absolutely a need to have him in the midfield where our average height without him there is around the 182 cm mark.
No, the absolute need is getting our next gen of mids more midfield time.
Highly unlikely Heppell will be part of our next premiership team.
 

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