Reckon Oleg will surprise a few this season... looks primed, and sounds a lot more confident in him self than he has over previous seasons after the chat I had with him after open training last month.
Thing is that players like Oleg need to go past Houli and Grigg this year, now is the time to put their hand up and take those spots on the field in the seniors.
I’d go the other way ie Oleg wing, Houli- hb . I think he can be a real weapon with his run/ carry but that could be stifled to a degree playing back (particularly early on when he’s trying to establish himself).
Bachar & Grigg's ages are against them. I'd love it if they'd just retire. But Bachar did well in the intra club. Showed courage, skills and no signs of ageing. Stood under a high ball and marked in front of the pack. Short did well too I thought. And Markov & Ellis played alright too. Markov to wing vacated by Kmac/Grigg? We lose height if we do that. And Markov looks better in the backline. Just get 8 or 9 games into him rotating with Short, Houli & Vlas. Balta has to play and I'd prefer Balta on the wing. Rotating up the forward line. While Caddy & Grigg aren't playing.
Apart from the qualifying finals, KMac was poor for most of the year. Has great running capacity and is tough as nails, but is the dumbest footballer I have ever seen.
As for Markov (to keep the post on topic), I wouldn't be holding out high hopes that he will play many games this year.
Yeah like someone mentioned earlier think it's probably McIntosh who should be most worried about Markov. I've been a big fan of what McIntosh brings structure wise, he plays his role really well but if Oleg can get to that level with a little more polish on his disposal then yeah McIntosh would be getting nervous.
Cannot see Houli pulling the pin before the year's out, unless seriously injured
Enjoys his footy too much and gets massive exposure for his outside interests...
Reckon it maybe his last playing year though..