Player Watch #26 Riley Collier-Dawkins

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Lsta062

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It's not the fact that he isn't being played that makes me dismayed. It is the club/coach hyping him up in the media and then not playing him. This was the second preseason that he's publicly received hype from the club and there's still not a word on his possible debut date yet... He even chose that game-day playlist thing before either the Hawthorn or Sydney game and hasn't even been an emergency in any of those games this year.

Either hype him up publicly and then back it up by playing him or don't hype him up and quietly give him the time that he needs to develop whatever he needs to work on in my opinion. Otherwise you'll be sending mixed messages and I don't think anyone likes being on the end of that. It will probably leave a lot of the Richmond supporters and RCD himself confused and hanging.
 

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Karp3_dm

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he should’ve been playing by now imo.

He’s a first round pick not a project player, the way some of you are making excuses for him is drawing a pretty long bow tbh
Just don’t expect too much, think of him as another Ben Lennon and if he comes good then awesome and if he doesn’t then fu** me how guns have we got from the rookie draft?
Not a big deal imo
 

tony__montana

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Just don’t expect too much, think of him as another Ben Lennon and if he comes good then awesome and if he doesn’t then fu** me how guns have we got from the rookie draft?
Not a big deal imo
yeah 100%. I just think there are too many convenient excuses being made as to why he hasn’t played yet. Prefer to call a spade a spade
 

Tiger_Of_Old

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It's not the fact that he isn't being played that makes me dismayed. It is the club/coach hyping him up in the media and then not playing him. This was the second preseason that he's publicly received hype from the club and there's still not a word on his possible debut date yet... He even chose that game-day playlist thing before either the Hawthorn or Sydney game and hasn't even been an emergency in any of those games this year.

Either hype him up publicly and then back it up by playing him or don't hype him up and quietly give him the time that he needs to develop whatever he needs to work on in my opinion. Otherwise you'll be sending mixed messages and I don't think anyone likes being on the end of that. It will probably leave a lot of the Richmond supporters and RCD himself confused and hanging.
Dimma giving some confidence to a kid.
Just depends which way you look at it.
 

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juss

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It does seem concerning that he's been leapfrogged by two debutants. He's behind Jack Ross as well it seems.

Not great signs for a midfielder in his third year.
 

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It does seem concerning that he's been leapfrogged by two debutants. He's behind Jack Ross as well it seems.

Not great signs for a midfielder in his third year.
Other clubs must see him as a threat if he's getting tagged though
Should be good learning experience for him to try and work through the extra attention
 

THE_GUN

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Why was it time,when Rossy and Martyn have been playing better than him, I must have missed that it’s more about how long you’ve been at the club than performance , what a load of tripe
LOL

Kids been on the verge of senior selection since mid last year and would have played had he not got a late injury
Just about every coach including Dimma has been mentioning how close he is.

Nothing to do with how long he has been there
 

Grechy

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My take is the club do believe he is a genuine talent but there’s something that he isn’t doing and they want him to build that hunger to take that next step. This is the way to do it. It’s interesting to note what Richmond believe to be “Richmond players” Does Riley fit that bracket right now? Can he run both ways all game? He’s an exceptional athlete but not a heavy endurance athlete as it stands. There’s just parts missing with him that I don’t think Richmond are prepared to sacrifice but very much believe in. He’s got plenty of time. He’s only 21 guys.
 

Drunken Wookie

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At the opposite end of the spectrum to RCD is Naish who regularly pumps out big stats and kicks goals from a wing and gets no love from the mc. The kids obviously have some specific, tailored criteria they have to meet to be considered and some just aren't nailing it.
 

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