Player Watch #27 - Harley Balic - Retired

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MarcMaverick

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Nov 20, 2008
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http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-10-18/homesick-docker-harley-balic-gets-trade-wish-and-joins-dees

Welcome to the Dees Harley.
 
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rhaz

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Jun 30, 2008
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Drafted at pick 38. Was rated much higher than that, not sure why he slipped. Had a look at some mock drafts and he was rated as high a pick 12, lowest I could find was 21.
Two years in the system, only 4 games due to injury and spending a lot of time away from Perth this year while dealing with personal stuff (reported as homesickness/anxiety).

The above is probably why Freo supporters think we're getting a steal. IMO better than any options we'd draft at pick 66.
 

MadDocker

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Jun 26, 2013
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Great get for you guys. Kid can seriously play. Hopefully he gets over whatever the personal issues are and you get a good career out of him.

Pick 66... Bastards.
 

MadDocker

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Drafted at pick 38. Was rated much higher than that, not sure why he slipped..

Sorry to but in again, but, he slipped because of a chronic wrist injury that took some surgeries and mucking around to get right. All good now though so you really got a steal at 66.
 

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blitznu

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Jan 6, 2013
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Is it just me or dose he have a bit of Josh Kelly look and play like him? Still a steal at 66. In which is 2 x pick 31 plus a number 4 :D
I actually thought the same thing obviously not as good but same sort of mover
 

Xhoquelin

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Dec 4, 2016
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Tyson looking more and more expendable by the day...

Good trade. Since we've got a strong core group of 30-35 players who can play games to a good standard next year I'd like to see us continue to be bold and risky when acquiring players. Look at their potential and attitude first, and back ourselves to mould them into successful AFL players. Last year, Hannan worked out well, Maynard and Smith look good so far and Balic and McKenna might develop into very valuable players. If we strike gold we win huge, if we don't, we won't have used too many resources regardless.
 

Franky_024

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Oct 18, 2011
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I remember similar threads from Freo fans when we got Michie. They are worse than Russian bots spreading fake news.
Me too, but most of them were saying he was a victim of their stacked midfield aka Kennedy at the Pies :rolleyes:

At least when Balic got a crack at AFL, he looked damn impressive.
 

demondavey

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Apr 18, 2005
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Heard nothing but good things from the Freo supporters about this trade and his ability. Brings us one step closer to Goodys dream of 22 inside mids fighting for the ball like British bulldog
Can't agree with you anymore right now. Forward pressure. That's what it's all about. This guy just adds more competition to our list to fight for a final spot in our 22.
 

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