Player Watch #23: Ben McKay -

Bigeasy

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I know for a fact that he was extremely peed off he wasn’t getting games in the latter half of last year
If he doesn’t play any more for the rest of this year, it’ll very interesting to see how it plays out.
We can sit back and say , “he’s not quite ready”, but does Ben believe this ?



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Well if he believes he does then he should start playing like it. Timid and hesitant. I think once HE truly believes he belongs will be when he rapidly improves
 

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AdmiralBenson

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Well if he believes he does then he should start playing like it. Timid and hesitant. I think once HE truly believes he belongs will be when he rapidly improves
Agree. He seems very timid on field so i suspect when his confidence increases so will how he goes about it.

I'm not even sure Durdin deserves a game let alone McKay. We don't need to rebuild and gift games to anyone at this stage.
 

MITSUHIRATO

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I know for a fact that he was extremely peed off he wasn’t getting games in the latter half of last year
If he doesn’t play any more for the rest of this year, it’ll very interesting to see how it plays out.
We can sit back and say , “he’s not quite ready”, but does Ben believe this ?



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I know first hand that he was very frustrated under Scott (which included Loader).

He has job security and lots of friends at the club but his management (Winny Rous) is concerned about his development.
 

King Corey

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I know first hand that he was very frustrated under Scott (which included Loader).

He has job security and lots of friends at the club but his management (Winny Rous) is concerned about his development.
If it's any consolation I was very frustrated under Scott (which included Loader).
 

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Billy Not Really

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Yep, Paddy Dow must be in play.

Ben's arguably the best young listed KPD NOT currently playing in the AFL.

Carlton also have a significant investment in Weitering, Jones is still only 28, and Macreadie is contracted until the end of next season.
I stand by Dows ability, he can be a very good player. I just don't think he can be at Carlton.

I reckon North could make him a better player.
 

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I know for a fact that he was extremely peed off he wasn’t getting games in the latter half of last year
If he doesn’t play any more for the rest of this year, it’ll very interesting to see how it plays out.
We can sit back and say , “he’s not quite ready”, but does Ben believe this ?



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It really does not matter if Ben thinks he is ready or not. There is probably a dozen players thinking they are ready I think Ben just needs to put his head down and have more performers like he did on the weekend and leave the club no choice but to pick him on form. Not on weather Ben thinks he is ready and not worrying about him wanting to leave. Iam pretty confident he is happy at North at the moment and less someone else has heard different.
 

arden station

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Obviously played really well in the VFL on Sunday but has to get a bad disposal habit out of his game, especially playing back.

He still quickly commits to kicking the ball to a team mate he's facing when he gets the ball, even if an opponent is too close to his target and/or he's kicking into the corridor. He needs to stop committing so early and be prepared to turn and look for other options. Sure, move it quickly when you can but don't just kick it the way you're facing when you get it because it's easier and quicker. The consequences are needlessly giving up easy goals - just can't do it.

Apart from that he's looking good.
 

King Corey

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He still quickly commits to kicking the ball to a team mate he's facing when he gets the ball, even if an opponent is too close to his target and/or he's kicking into the corridor. He needs to stop committing so early and be prepared to turn and look for other options. Sure, move it quickly when you can but don't just kick it the way you're facing when you get it because it's easier and quicker. The consequences are needlessly giving up easy goals - just can't do it.
Might've been instructed to do that, it certainly seemed like a definite intent to get rid of it quickly in his senior games this year.

Wouldn't be surprised to see a very different player if/when he gets his next senior outing.
 

The Y Factor

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Two weeks in a row!!

As stated, he needs to be heads down and just focus on playing good footy and clearly, his time will come.

If Durdin pulls up lame this week , it may come quicker than expected for him:)

You can imagine seeing all the rising stars and youngsters getting a run like Kyron that the new leadership must be giving great hope that form = chance!
 

Horizons_00

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Hasn’t come on like his brother but to be honest haven’t seen much of him
In the VFL

With Thommo going we are desperate for a KPD to take over

Is he going to make it?
 

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