Player Watch #23: Ben McKay -

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Billy Not Really

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 7, 2018
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Licking windows at the back of the bus.
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North Melbourne
I've been licking my chops at the prospect of McKay vs McKay for years, and now that the two brothers are surging in their game-day quality the eventual matchup is gonna be one hell of an entertaining game.

Can't wait to play the Blues this year, not only is it winnable, it's got a nice story to it.
 

AnEmptyChair

All Australian
Nov 12, 2020
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A while back I said that Ben had to become either an elite stopper or an elite interceptor to make up for his complete lack of offensive game. I wasn't sure that he had it in him and boy ******* howdy was I wrong. In fact, he's become both! What I love, too, is that he's so much smarter with the footy now. He understands his limitations and he's not trying to kick 30 meter darts up the eye-diddle-diddle. I'm sorry for ever thinking that Sam Durdin was the one we should have persisted with over you, Ben. I'm an idiot sandwich.
 

Rad Roo

Premiership Player
Suspended
Aug 2, 2017
3,393
1,607
AFL Club
North Melbourne
We will get corr back soon, key defensive posts are more or less covered.

In terms of key forward, can xerri play a part in the forward structure and then ruck 20%? Surely, he has the fitness to do that.
 

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Horizons_00

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 11, 2014
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North Melbourne
He would perfect to transition into a forward. But we don’t have cattle atm

Hope he signs with us, but he will get some lucrative offers at the end of the year
 

nelroo

Club Legend
Aug 8, 2004
2,991
4,609
AFL Club
North Melbourne
He would perfect to transition into a forward. But we don’t have cattle atm

Hope he signs with us, but he will get some lucrative offers at the end of the year
I know we are crying out for a big, aggressive forward but Ben is just so good down back, a bit like Darcy Moore effect at Colliwobbles, just leave him there.
 

Horizons_00

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 11, 2014
6,604
11,803
Adelaide
AFL Club
North Melbourne
I know we are crying out for a big, aggressive forward but Ben is just so good down back, a bit like Darcy Moore effect at Colliwobbles, just leave him there.
I think if we had a healthy backline, our forward line is our biggest issue (and of course the inside 50 delivery) so maybe he can swing positions
 

the big lebowski

Brownlow Medallist
Oct 4, 2006
10,265
17,564
The hood
AFL Club
North Melbourne
He would perfect to transition into a forward. But we don’t have cattle atm

Hope he signs with us, but he will get some lucrative offers at the end of the year
He will get some big offers. But

1: no one will be able to offer more than us

2: given his importance to our side, we would have to play hardball if he asked for a trade. Pay through the nose or we just re-draft him in the preseason draft on his nominated terms.
 

Only Forwards

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 14, 2008
20,492
50,816
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
He will get some big offers. But

1: no one will be able to offer more than us

2: given his importance to our side, we would have to play hardball if he asked for a trade. Pay through the nose or we just re-draft him in the preseason draft on his nominated terms.
If we lost this guy after spending years offering big money to pipedream recruits I'd have a truck full of manure delivered to Arden St.
 

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Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 11, 2014
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Adelaide
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North Melbourne
what about Taz going fwd ? just as a short term measure this year
Wouldn't be the worst FF going round
It makes sense to do that eventually. Defenders do make great forwards.

But we need to address our injury management so we can have the ability to do these type of things
 

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