Harry has been given more opportunity and has played 20 games, Ben only 4. The kid cannot be judged yet. Now is the time to get a string of games into him and see where he best fits and to build confidence. Tarrant, Petrie, Hansen are 3 KPs I can think of who did set the world on fire in the early days.
For me it's Bard's continual desire to fast track success at the expense of youth by playing senior players regardless of form has continued to nullify and ruin so much potential talent. Each year it seems we de-list a number of un-tried young talent that has been wasting away in the magoos because Scott has his favourites who he won't drop.
IMO by protecting his own reputation so that we could finish a meritorious 9th last year, we missed the perfect opportunity to begin pumping games into young talent like McKay. Players like Ben and Nick Larkey (I could go on) have become pigeon-holed and never get truly tested. The club has a bad loss and we all know that the first ones to go will be the youth.
Ben does have massive potential. At the moment he has zero confidence. A lot like the majority of our side who are confronted with a confusing game plan and development coaches who don't know how to develop.
The problem is they tried when he was first drafted in the VFL and he didn't go that well. Played most of juniors in defence and he was not sure he wanted to be drafted till later in draft year so didn't play in the rep sides as much as his brother, and possible not at all.
When they moved him back to defence he looked a lot more comfortable and made good improvements. I am not saying we shouldn't try it again, I am just saying they already have tried him forward
Those are also great attributes for a key defender. I think he's going to get exposed more in the beginning of his career at times as there is no where to hide as a defender. But he will develop and with persistent will become a quality defender. When he played as a forward in the VFL he didn't seem to be able to impact games