Player Watch #23: Ben McKay - Re-signs until end of 2023

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Event Horizon

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For clarity, how do you draw that conclusion from that post?
I got the impression it was a joke saying, you’re not that good mate - your manager had to work his bum off to get you more than you deserve.
In a joking way - they seem to rip the piss out of each other in a friendly way form playing together in the twos for years.
To me it clearly says that Durdin thinks 2 years was a great outcome for Ben, which would suggest the club wanted more, but the manager stuck to his guns.
 

Sillygit

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To me it clearly says that Durdin thinks 2 years was a great outcome for Ben, which would suggest the club wanted more, but the manager stuck to his guns.
How? Other than looking at good news and assuming the worst?

Also, so what? In two years tarrant is 34 and ben is the first picked defender. Should we try to short change him now so that he's stuck being underpayed?
 

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DesertRoo

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Super stoked! Only slight worry is that this new 2 year deal takes him to free agent status.
I’m not, it pretty much lines up with all the draftees his age..
he has had a super year but it’s the first year he has been playing consistently..
love to have him locked up for longer but I’m sure he and the club have backed him for a strong 18m and hopefully a large pay increase.
 
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The Y Factor

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Perhaps it was just the act of a gracious man?

I might just underestimate the pettiness of some of you folks at times.

I think i've seen enough to suggest you don't :D

fwiw - to me it was just a nice comment.

It is likely though he and his manager are backing him into come back for a big boost after he has settled in and playing at this level year on year - that's pretty common.
 

Themanbun

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One thing I love about Ben is he takes marks in genuine one on one contests. Lever, May, Harris, Weitering are all excellent defenders but take most of their marks floating in on the intercept. Ben doesn't tend to intercept much but just straight up manhandles or reads the play better than a guy he is jostling with.
 

Event Horizon

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How? Other than looking at good news and assuming the worst?

Also, so what? In two years tarrant is 34 and ben is the first picked defender. Should we try to short change him now so that he's stuck being underpayed?
So what? I never said it was a huge problem. Just said the club would have wanted longer.

But it goes without saying that to extend key players in their prime cap space alone isn’t enough. You also need to attract some other recruits to show we are going somewhere and we need to be on the rise.


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Event Horizon

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One thing I love about Ben is he takes marks in genuine one on one contests. Lever, May, Harris, Weitering are all excellent defenders but take most of their marks floating in on the intercept. Ben doesn't tend to intercept much but just straight up manhandles or reads the play better than a guy he is jostling with.
This would suggest that in the modern game he could be more suited to a forward role


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kool kangas

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One thing I love about Ben is he takes marks in genuine one on one contests. Lever, May, Harris, Weitering are all excellent defenders but take most of their marks floating in on the intercept. Ben doesn't tend to intercept much but just straight up manhandles or reads the play better than a guy he is jostling with.
This would suggest that in the modern game he could be more suited to a forward role
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But where would Harry play when he comes over... ;) :D
 

amaz199

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I just had a look at his draft profile and LOL'd so hard.

Deficiencies:
Offensive game, kicking, positioning, disposal efficiency.

And his player comparison?

Cale Hooker. What in the actual f-...
 
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