Player Watch #23: Ben McKay -

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Passmore

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Happy to be proven wrong, but don't think he's gunna make it.
I’m willing to cut him some slack.

He was dominant at VFL level in ‘18. He just never seemed to get going this year. He was crook, played in a team with a system that made 100+ game players look incompetent, then got hurt.

He’d want to bounce back this year in a big way but I’m happy to give him the chance.


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kangaspurs

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His kicking and decision making isn't quite Dan Nielson levels of bad, but it's not great.

Unlike Nielson, he's got a significant size advantage. Needs to become an elite stopper in the Daniel Talia mold if he's going to have an AFL career because, like Talia, he's never going to offer much going the other way. It's the reason, too, why Durds has him comfortably covered atm.

In saying that, he's still really young. He has plenty of time to improve. I don't think we'd get value in shifting him out this year.
 

RobZombie

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Yep we persisted with Durdin for longer and through worse form. Big year coming up.
Drafted the year after Durds so there isn't much "longer" in the persisting, and without checking I suspect Durdin had a worse run with injury. He's almost exactly where Sam was a year ago but with a bit more contract security.
 

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Dan

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I have a work colleague who also supports North. We chat abit about the footy and the club as you do with fellow supporters. He tells me that his uncle lives two streets away from the Jeffersons. The Jeffersons it turns out live in the same suburb as the McKay family. So through a trail of legitimate truth....my mate at work has the inside info on the McKay brothers.

2 days ago he tells me that Ben will seek a trade to another Melbourne based club in the hope getting more opportunities. His desire is to go to Carlton but is happy to go anywhere provided he doesn’t go interstate.

After my mate told me this...we were alone in the coffee room on our break. So we tugged each other off whilst no one was around and then we hugged it out.
 

King Corey

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I have a work colleague who also supports North. We chat abit about the footy and the club as you do with fellow supporters. He tells me that his uncle lives two streets away from the Jeffersons. The Jeffersons it turns out live in the same suburb as the McKay family. So through a trail of legitimate truth....my mate at work has the inside info on the McKay brothers.

2 days ago he tells me that Ben will seek a trade to another Melbourne based club in the hope getting more opportunities. His desire is to go to Carlton but is happy to go anywhere provided he doesn’t go interstate.

After my mate told me this...we were alone in the coffee room on our break. So we tugged each other off whilst no one was around and then we hugged it out.
Your 1st 2 paragraphs are clearly bulls**t.
 

Hazey1977

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I don't get it he looked dynamic crashing packs in his first year. Has looked more tentative in the years since.
Too scared of making mistakes?
Too much focus on weaknesses instead of weapons by coaches?

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The Filth Wizard

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I have a work colleague who also supports North. We chat abit about the footy and the club as you do with fellow supporters. He tells me that his uncle lives two streets away from the Jeffersons. The Jeffersons it turns out live in the same suburb as the McKay family. So through a trail of legitimate truth....my mate at work has the inside info on the McKay brothers.

2 days ago he tells me that Ben will seek a trade to another Melbourne based club in the hope getting more opportunities. His desire is to go to Carlton but is happy to go anywhere provided he doesn’t go interstate.

After my mate told me this...we were alone in the coffee room on our break. So we tugged each other off whilst no one was around and then we hugged it out.
We still on for coffee this week Dan?
 

Horace

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I have a work colleague who also supports North. We chat abit about the footy and the club as you do with fellow supporters. He tells me that his uncle lives two streets away from the Jeffersons. The Jeffersons it turns out live in the same suburb as the McKay family. So through a trail of legitimate truth....my mate at work has the inside info on the McKay brothers.

2 days ago he tells me that Ben will seek a trade to another Melbourne based club in the hope getting more opportunities. His desire is to go to Carlton but is happy to go anywhere provided he doesn’t go interstate.

After my mate told me this...we were alone in the coffee room on our break. So we tugged each other off whilst no one was around and then we hugged it out.
My word, some workplace that you have there.
 

Kangaroo Cat

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I would prefer to keep McKay if possible. He has very little trade value right now but has great upside.

Having a pneumonia is also a significant thing that people gloss over too lightly. If we lose him I hope it's for a good price otherwise it's a failure of player management as far as I'm concerned.
My sister almost died from it and she was sick for a long time, its serious stuff
 

SpiderBurton22

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I have a work colleague who also supports North. We chat abit about the footy and the club as you do with fellow supporters. He tells me that his uncle lives two streets away from the Jeffersons. The Jeffersons it turns out live in the same suburb as the McKay family. So through a trail of legitimate truth....my mate at work has the inside info on the McKay brothers.

2 days ago he tells me that Ben will seek a trade to another Melbourne based club in the hope getting more opportunities. His desire is to go to Carlton but is happy to go anywhere provided he doesn’t go interstate.

After my mate told me this...we were alone in the coffee room on our break. So we tugged each other off whilst no one was around and then we hugged it out.
You didn't tell us which one of you ate the Sao.
 

Boomer29er

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So- I spoke to a relative of Ben's today. I work with this person but at a different site. We always bond over BMac.

I said "I'm hearing bad news" , funnily the person thought I was referring to the death of an AFL person, I quickly corrected them.

I said " No - I've read he wants out, going to play with Harry at Carlton"

They said - "Carlton!! - no , he wouldn't go there, he doesn't want to play with his brother but they have been chasing him for ages"

They said - 'He was a bit frustrated about not getting a game but hes fine now" "You know he was sick for the first half of the year and by the time he came good he couldn't get in the team"

I was like, "well - good!, next year if he can play good footy its his for the taking"

Then we had a drink.
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Event Horizon

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I’m willing to cut him some slack.

He was dominant at VFL level in ‘18. He just never seemed to get going this year. He was crook, played in a team with a system that made 100+ game players look incompetent, then got hurt.

He’d want to bounce back this year in a big way but I’m happy to give him the chance.


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Just doesn't seem equipped for the modern game IMO. He'd be ok in Mick Martyn era, but in today's footy a key defender who can't do much once the ball hits the deck, and isn't prolific by foot will struggle to make it.

Perhaps forward is the spot for him after all, and if Wood wasn't there we could try to play him at CHF as a third tall? Don't know, but can't see him making it in the backline.
 

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