Player Watch #28: Ned Cahill

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Bjchan13

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Baker is not an excellent player. At all. He's solid in the best defensive group in the AFL
From what I've seen he's a handy player. Maybe excellent was too high praise. Solid in the best defensive group in the AFL is not a bad description. He's doing something right
 

Vander18

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If they thought he could genuinely play small forward they would never move him back. His inability to get separation was obviously clear to coaching staff.

Seems like a quality kid so happy to give him every chance to find a role.
 

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If they thought he could genuinely play small forward they would never move him back. His inability to get separation was obviously clear to coaching staff.

Seems like a quality kid so happy to give him every chance to find a role.
I mean, every small forward we've had has spent time at half-back learning apply pressure and defend, so it's not that unusual.

The question is, does Truck abide that logic? 🤔
 

Vander18

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I mean, every small forward we've had has spent time at half-back learning apply pressure and defend, so it's not that unusual.

The question is, does Truck abide that logic? 🤔
Tippa and Bags started as defenders and moved forward - it’s different.

Fanta would never have been seen anywhere the backline if he kept his 2017 form.
 

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That was before he went forward.

Was making the point that forwards rarely go back if they are good and healthy. So the move back in 2020 was the relevant one.
He spent his first year and a half forward in the VFL, spent the following year and a half in defence, and then played forward again.
 

Vander18

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He spent his first year and a half forward in the VFL, spent the following year and a half in defence, and then played forward again.
I have no idea if that is correct or not so I can’t debate it. Don’t think it really goes to my argument anyway.

I would say that Cahill was drafted as a forward, played as a forward and then moved back. Fantasia played lots of SANFL footy in defence and I think the club was just working out what they had.

I would still argue that coaches don’t send forwards to defence if they believe they can be successful there. Much easier to find a quality small defender than a quality small forward.
 

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i maintain he's got a bit of the Sam Mitchells about him - it stuck me the first time i saw him coasting about and his kicking action. not saying hes in the league but seems to have similar style of attribute
 

owen87

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Wait, what?



Don't mind it, he's also been training a lot with McGrath which is as good a reference for a small defender as you can get given he was one of the best in the league when playing there in his first season from memory.
 

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Is he going to be our Caleb Daniel? Ned seems to rate his kicking which is the strength of Daniel playing in defence for the Dogs.

Also Raz played HBF for Norwood in their 2013 premiership which was also his draft year.
 

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From what I've seen he's a handy player. Maybe excellent was too high praise. Solid in the best defensive group in the AFL is not a bad description. He's doing something right
I'd say he's very underrated and would get a game at most if not all other clubs. Your praise of him was justified in my opinion.
 

ant555

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If they thought he could genuinely play small forward they would never move him back. His inability to get separation was obviously clear to coaching staff.

Seems like a quality kid so happy to give him every chance to find a role.
Tend to agree. I think they see him more as a midfielder down the track. Like you said, not being overly quick hurts him as a small forward. If he makes it his work rate and ability to run all day will be what gets him there.
 

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