Player Watch #24: Jordan Houlahan

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Howard Moon

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is this what happens when you abandon your draft big board* and take a draft slider under the guise 'best available'?

*post has no base in fact, maybe we had spoken to him and he was next on our list..
 

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is this what happens when you abandon your draft big board* and take a draft slider under the guise 'best available'?

*post has no base in fact, maybe we had spoken to him and he was next on our list..
Was he considered a slider?
DPS seemed pleased we got him, said most had rated him higher. I'd generally trust his judgement as someone who watches a lot of Under 18s and gives us plenty of feedback / writeups / information on these young guys.

Sometimes kids can have talent and just lack the work ethic to make it work at the next level. Remains to be seen how he goes in the VFL this year but seems he's done little to impress anyone.
 

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Sometimes guys don't work out. I know he was our first live pick but he was pick 49. You aren't going to get all hits at that stage of the draft.
Considering we got Stringer, Saad and Smith in addition to Guelfi and a good prospect in Brandon Zerk-Thatcher I reckon you take that draft and trade period any day.
 

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I suppose looking back over a few of the club comments at draft time it should have raised a few signs it was a speculative type pick:

"Jordan is an exhilarating 186cm forward, with the ability to take the big pack mark, as well as getting free and out the back for the easy one."

-get out back and get the easy one - not the greatest trait

"He is a very talented individual and doesn't even realise how talented he could be, He just has to work hard"

-sounds like a kid who could be anything but lacks the work ethic, like to get out back for the cheapie or fly from 4 deep.

anyhow, here's hoping he can turn it around.
 

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Sometimes guys don't work out. I know he was our first live pick but he was pick 49. You aren't going to get all hits at that stage of the draft.
Considering we got Stringer, Saad and Smith in addition to Guelfi and a good prospect in Brandon Zerk-Thatcher I reckon you take that draft and trade period any day.

Has something happened to spark this discussion?

I'd otherwise reiterate this post.

If you can't just write it off as we're going to get few wrong in and around 49, it goes to show the pitfalls with "best available" when it's divorced from need. Reality is that Houlahan was always going to struggle to make an impact especially early with him being well behind a stack of mid and tall forwards.

What Houlahan needed last year was to play deep forward with space to lead at the ball. That's his trick from what I've seen.

He was never going to get that when competing with 5 of Laverde, Begley, McKernan, Stewart, Brown, Draper/Leuenberger and Boyse in any given week.

Wouldn't write him off yet but he's clearly facing an uphill battle to stay on the list.

Maybe I probably agree with Howard more than I initially thought but I'd want to see the obvious talent first. I cant say I've seen anything that screams AFL regardless of how impressive his underage highlights were.
 
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