I was saving this for the podcast but that didn't work out and I cant hold onto it till later in the year as it will happen by then.
1. Shai Bolton will remain a tiger, we are a perfect fit for him and Ralph knows we are good for his footy. He has the right support around him and has done a lot of work to sure his defensive work, obviously with a long term view in mind. He knows he has a place in our side. What I heard from those I trust, it will be 2 years done in the latter part of the year, but not to long after the bye.
2. I was told we will pick the best talent available regardless of position with our first pick. With the second, if there is still a player we rate that fits a need ( inside mid) we will use it if not we will just use our first pick and that would be it.
3. Tigerbob mail on Dunkley is spot on, we are trying to make a play but if we fail we will aim for an established inside bull, even a older type player to help us in the now and allow us time for our kids to develop into that role.
There is a bit more but I'll hold onto it once i get some stuff verified.
Or an embarrassment of opportunities? Given Collingwood unearthed some good kids during their injury journey over the past two years, you have to wonder whether opportunities leads to riches or whether some gems never quite get found. You just have to wonder........................
Wonderful display of talent by Shai last week and to kick 4 snags!
Never thought he had it in him watching his early games...first Q speccie specialist and then nadda from him in physicality and the rest of the game!
Building nicely into a formidable super evasive forward?!? mid?!?...credit to all the coaching staff and Shai's efforts!
EBetts/CRioli mark 2 in the making here...
All this talk about Shai leaving for WC...his manager...one season sign up...makes me a tad nervous about his Tiger future!
I think he just slipped into the unavailable for trade category. We all have seen flashes of what he can do but on Saturday he brought it all.
I was always hopeful we would be able to hold him. With Shai, Daniel, Sydney and Shane Edwards its like having 4 magicians. All these guys do things that leave you shaking your head in disbelief. Hawthorn had one Cyril, Adelaide have one Eddie. We get to watch the magic occuring all over the ground.
A silver lining to a taxing period with injuries for the club is the opportunity to see Shai and Sydney grow. We have an embarrassment of riches.