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To the point that he has? Yes. At this stage I'd give him another year comfortably, he has enough to work with and it seems his workrate has improved enough to give him that deal.I haven't watched much VFL but is the feeling that we are surprised that he's progressed?
Does he look like he has enough improvement in him to offload Laverde? I'm thinking about how we could trade into the first round of the draft.To the point that he has? Yes. At this stage I'd give him another year comfortably, he has enough to work with and it seems his workrate has improved enough to give him that deal.
Dodo called it.http://www.essendonfc.com.au/news/2017-11-24/jumping-jordan-houlahanList and Recruiting Manager, Adrian Dodoro, has likened Houlahan to a high flying magpie.
"Houlahan is a mercurial type of player, there is a bit of Jeremy Howe in this guy and the way he plays," Dodoro said.
To the point that he has? Yes. At this stage I'd give him another year comfortably, he has enough to work with and it seems his workrate has improved enough to give him that deal.
The people saying he doesn’t deserve another comfortably either haven’t seen the improvement in his game or don’t understand how far back he was coming from.
The trajectory he has made in 18 months has been brilliant with the inroads he makes in the next 12 weeks will be the deciding factor as to whether he is downgraded to the rookie list (we have a propensity for doing so) or remains on the senior list.
I like what he brings to the side. He is a sort of pseudo/hybrid forward in which he is able to play tall or small. His actually impact on games this year has been much higher this year than last year. He is one big game (4+ goals) of showing people what he is about and (imho) its not too far away.
He has plenty of tools and tricks to transform into an AFL player. The pace, the skills, the marking (and not just the spectacular either). He sticks tackles (just not enough and this the big thing for mine that is holding him back).
It’s easy to see why he was rated so highly pre draft. Even easier to see why he slipped (from top 20 to our pick 49 iirc) so the desperation for our draft picks to come in and make an impact on the AFL side inside 24 months are a bit premature in this instance.
Next year I can see him pushing for a debut, with the rest of this year simply improving his consistency and work rate inside VFL games.