Player Watch # 3: Darcy Parish

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TheFrenchCut

Premiership Player
Apr 22, 2014
3,840
9,224
AFL Club
Essendon
I expect what will happen is Merrett will leave and we'll end up extending Parish. But unless he improves on the outside, he's definitely the guy in our midfield rotation I would be most keen to move on so we can either bring in a genuine bull or a quality outside player (trade or draft).

As he is currently, he does some things well but it's a narrow skillset as a midfielder that with our lack of midfield balance is exposed further.
 

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citizen-erased

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 11, 2007
21,440
16,488
Victoria
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Essendon
Other Teams
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It’s the easy targets he misses that really catch the eye
Its fallen off a cliff. In 2016 it was nowhere near this.

Add to that, with our front running game, a turnover from an inside 50 exposes us. If we're gonna have players all running forward with the ball, we cant miss targets, be it players or the goals
 

ghostdog

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 18, 2008
9,423
5,131
gondawanaland
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Essendon
Its fallen off a cliff. In 2016 it was nowhere near this.

Add to that, with our front running game, a turnover from an inside 50 exposes us. If we're gonna have players all running forward with the ball, we cant miss targets, be it players or the goals
I'm not sold on the idea that we all should be running forward of the ball, but if we are, Parish should be one who is. His set shots are solid.
 

fairbump_playon

Club Legend
Jun 27, 2014
2,412
3,288
AFL Club
Essendon
Its fallen off a cliff. In 2016 it was nowhere near this.

Add to that, with our front running game, a turnover from an inside 50 exposes us. If we're gonna have players all running forward with the ball, we cant miss targets, be it players or the goals
Totally. Every game he will miss at least one 25m chip to a simple target, usually in transition. These days that is literally gifting the opposition a goal.

His ugly inside 50 kicks aren’t great but don’t cost us as much
 

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bombadeer

Team Captain
Jul 11, 2010
368
600
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Kicks it like he’s under pressure, even when he’s not under pressure. Probably needs to be told to take a little longer before disposing of the ball, and try to keep it under 25 metres.

Not the person you want kicking it long inside 50.
 

beev

Club Legend
Sep 15, 2008
1,542
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Melbourne
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Essendon
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I expect what will happen is Merrett will leave and we'll end up extending Parish. But unless he improves on the outside, he's definitely the guy in our midfield rotation I would be most keen to move on so we can either bring in a genuine bull or a quality outside player (trade or draft).

As he is currently, he does some things well but it's a narrow skillset as a midfielder that with our lack of midfield balance is exposed further.
Could we turn him into a run-with player?
 

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