AFL Player #24: Nick Bryan - 2021 Essendon VFL Best & Fairest Winner!

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yodellinhank

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Fox Footy/David King reporting GC are offering him a longer-term contract. Mate, it's been one game hahaha. Looks pretty comfortable at Essendon, so don't think there is anything to worry about.

Would it be something we'd look at in terms of a trade though (???) or do we like the potential combination of Draper/Bryan for the future? Personally, I like the combination, he looked pretty clean around the centre yesterday.
It's been one game and Draper had an offer after 0 games. Christ no we wouldn't look to trade. Dodoro's head on a pike if we did. Draper goes down again next year and then what? Bryan could even go past Draper.
 

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Do we play him against Mumford just to be rag dolled all day?

I'm divided. If Philips fit I am leaning towards him replacing Bryan.
Mumford may not play two in a row, and GWS might think Flynn can cover Bryan (tbh, he should be able to, Flynn has been good).

Mumford will have him for strength but isn't exactly the most mobile of guys, he's not as physical as he once was. Draper held up OK when he was against Mumford from memory.
 

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Draper does that Grundy thing where he in effect becomes another mid once the ball is down.
Bryan did look very natural linking up or getting loose balls he had no business taking hold of. Or check side boundary passing by foot!

They were only practice games, but he looked alright playing back last year from the limited vision put out.
Broken enough ground with a 200cm winger.
3x rucks (back, middle, forward) in one side?
Ryder was pretty good playing CHB/Ruck early days.
This time last year the cupboard looked as bare as I can remember, all of a sudden we’ve got so many options and things we can do the most important thing will probably be just not outsmarting ourselves.
 

Megabattimus

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Mumford may not play two in a row, and GWS might think Flynn can cover Bryan (tbh, he should be able to, Flynn has been good).

Mumford will have him for strength but isn't exactly the most mobile of guys, he's not as physical as he once was. Draper held up OK when he was against Mumford from memory.
Mumford played two in a row recently (Collingwood Round 4 and Sydney Round 5) and they've won every game he's played this year. Every chance they play him against us.

I would play both Phillips and Bryan and rest Wright.
Why would Wright ever need a rest?
 

DallasCrane316

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Mumford played two in a row recently (Collingwood Round 4 and Sydney Round 5) and they've won every game he's played this year. Every chance they play him against us.

Why would Wright ever need a rest?
Okay, omit then.

I would like Bryan to get another crack, but I think he’d need stronger support than Wright for the ruck duties during the game.

And to make room for both Bryan and Phillips to play, you’d think one tall forward needs to go.

Out of Hooker (3rd in Coleman), Jones (just had his best game) and Wright...I’d pick Wright.
 

yodellinhank

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Okay, omit then.

I would like Bryan to get another crack, but I think he’d need stronger support than Wright for the ruck duties during the game.

And to make room for both Bryan and Phillips to play, you’d think one tall forward needs to go.

Out of Hooker (3rd in Coleman), Jones (just had his best game) and Wright...I’d pick Wright.
Drop Stringer. The whole pinch hit in the middle thing doesn't work the way it should, as it is supposed to create doubt on whether or not he'll push forward. But he always pushes forward because he has no tank.
 

Megabattimus

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Okay, omit then.

I would like Bryan to get another crack, but I think he’d need stronger support than Wright for the ruck duties during the game.

And to make room for both Bryan and Phillips to play, you’d think one tall forward needs to go.

Out of Hooker (3rd in Coleman), Jones (just had his best game) and Wright...I’d pick Wright.
Why the hell would you ever think of dropping Wright? Did you forget how good he was on Anzac Day?

Neither Bryan or Phillips have the forward craft to be able to have both of them in the team at once. You actively weaken the team by playing them both over like one of them in the ruck and Wright in the forwardline.

It's not like this is the only game he will ever play. He'll be back at some point this year. He probably knew that he was gonna be back out of the team next week anyway.

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Interesting reading the opinions on Bryan after what King said last night.

Not expecting anything he said to have any validity, but just sharing what he said with y'all.

YOUNG BOMBER ON RIVAL RADAR

Fresh off his AFL debut, 19-year-old Essendon ruckman Nick Bryan could be looking at a big money deal that could see a rival club prise him out of the Bombers.

Bryan made his senior debut against Carlton on Sunday after being taken with Pick 38 in the 2019 draft, having spent 2020 honing his craft and spending time in defence as well as the ruck.

It was Essendon’s sixth debutant in seven rounds so far this season, but there could be a play for the young gun by the Gold Coast Suns.

“I heard a whisper that maybe the Suns have thrown a bit of cash at Nick Bryan, who played his first game for Essendon today, a little bit like St Kilda did with Sam Draper a couple of years ago,” David King said on Fox Footy’s First Crack.

“Offer $300-400,000 a year and try and lure him out before he becomes a name - I’ve heard a three-year deal at about $400,000 a year.”

Foxfooty.com.au understands Essendon have offered Bryan a two-year deal on less money than Gold Coast.
 

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yodellinhank

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Why the hell would you ever think of dropping Wright? Did you forget how good he was on Anzac Day?

Neither Bryan or Phillips have the forward craft to be able to have both of them in the team at once. You actively weaken the team by playing them both over like one of them in the ruck and Wright in the forwardline.

It's not like this is the only game he will ever play. He'll be back at some point this year. He probably knew that he was gonna be back out of the team next week anyway.

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Who says Bryan has no forward craft?
 

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"I heard a whisper that maybe..." Gimme a spell.
So he maybe heard there's a possibility that GC could've offered him a deal.

Probably some dude at the pub saying "GC need a ruckman, that Bryan from the Bombers has done alright in the VFL this season so they should throw something at him".
 

DallasCrane316

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Why the hell would you ever think of dropping Wright? Did you forget how good he was on Anzac Day?

Neither Bryan or Phillips have the forward craft to be able to have both of them in the team at once. You actively weaken the team by playing them both over like one of them in the ruck and Wright in the forwardline.

It's not like this is the only game he will ever play. He'll be back at some point this year. He probably knew that he was gonna be back out of the team next week anyway.

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This is a developing year. I don’t see why we can’t try different combinations. If we have the future intent of playing a Draper/Bryan ruck combo, why not see how Bryan goes with the rotating forward role?
 

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Far out he has a leap and a half. Was getting well clear of his opponents reach. Cannot wait till he has more weight on his frame as the bigger bodied opponent was able to move him just enough, fairly often, that he could not quite capitalize on it.
 

Megabattimus

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This is a developing year. I don’t see why we can’t try different combinations. If we have the future intent of playing a Draper/Bryan ruck combo, why not see how Bryan goes with the rotating forward role?
Better to try that later in the year. Bryan's had a taste and knows what he needs the next level. Now he can go back to the VFL and work on some stuff till his next opportunity presents itself.

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TheFrenchCut

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The reality is that we have as much cap space as anyone and GC has Witts, who while out for the year, is 28 and captain of the club, so Bryan wouldn't be the lone selected ruck (if that) there either for the length of that contract. Being a Vic Metro boy too, it's highly unlikely he would be keen to move states (even though he is presumably mates with Rowell and Anderson). But yeah look thanks again Kingy.
 

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