My problem with this is that because he is playing and he is older now, it is unlikely that he will train much during the week. So while playing each week will hopefully improve his fitness, the lack of training during the week will mean he will struggle to cover the sort of ground that makes him so effective across 4 quarters.This
You have to also remember that Buddy has also been able to train very minimally which is always going to affect his body shape.
Give him a few more weeks, get some miles in the legs and see what happens. We also have to remember that whilst people like to point out the similarities between Goodes and Buddy they are vastly different players.
Dont get me wrong he will still be a valuable player because he is that good, he just wont be as valuable as i think he could be with more training before coming into the side. We also should have been thinking strategically in the past by giving him the occasional week off so that he wasnt stuffed at the end of the season and that probably goes for a few other senior players as well.