Player Watch #32: Jacob Edwards - extends contract to end 2023

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TennisPlayerAndy

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You might well be the only person on the planet who is shocked to learn that a first year player isn't able to build to elite AFL endurance levels in half a pre-season.
At no point did I posit that he should have built elite level endurance.

Seems ridiculous to two weeks training is going to make any difference and treating it as an extra preseason is just weird.
 

Shinboner1

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surprised that this article came out.
Club really not happy with his development and where its at?
Not fitting in with the current training schedule?
Needs extra assistance vs guys who were taken in 2021 draft?
Trying to accelerate his development so he can play seniors earlier?
 

shimaburnsgrieg

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Edwards is 3 years younger than De Koning - following this path we shouldn't really expect anything out of Edwards until mid '24.

The next 12 months is about building Edwards up and maybe toward the end of 2023 he could play a couple of games in the seniors.

Our view should be that we see Edwards as a number 2 ruck/forward and capable of contributing in 2024.
 

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surprised that this article came out.
Club really not happy with his development and where its at?
Not fitting in with the current training schedule?
Needs extra assistance vs guys who were taken in 2021 draft?
Trying to accelerate his development so he can play seniors earlier?

Could be both a good sign and good management. As suggested above he has probably been on a pretty limited program due to where he has come from. Maybe they are confident that his body will be good to stand up to a really solid block of of two weeks intensive training to push him to the next level.

From what I have seen of the VFL I have watched is that he does get to the right spots in the forward line. He needs to be able to do that more frequently (tank) and he needs to clunk a few more marks (strength would help with that). I think if he is getting a decent block of exposure to AFL next year then that is almost ahead of schedule.
 

King Corey

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surprised that this article came out.
Club really not happy with his development and where its at?
Not fitting in with the current training schedule?
Needs extra assistance vs guys who were taken in 2021 draft?
Trying to accelerate his development so he can play seniors earlier?

Wouldn't read a hidden message into it. Think it's just news for news sake.
 

benbanjo

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Where are we at with this bloke? Personally i feel the X and CCJ are not the answer to our ruck situation, Goldy might have to roll on again next year.
Hopefully Edwards can show something, otherwise we needs to go searching for another prospect.
 

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Le Grille

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Where are we at with this bloke? Personally i feel the X and CCJ are not the answer to our ruck situation, Goldy might have to roll on again next year.
Hopefully Edwards can show something, otherwise we needs to go searching for another prospect.
He’s a fair way away, dude is frightfully thin, long termer for sure
 

Val Keating

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Where are we at with this bloke? Personally i feel the X and CCJ are not the answer to our ruck situation, Goldy might have to roll on again next year.
Hopefully Edwards can show something, otherwise we needs to go searching for another prospect.

Needs to do a lot of squats and deadlifts to build strength. Hopefully he can.
 

King Corey

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Needs to do a lot of squats and deadlifts to build strength. Hopefully he can.

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Quick - the Bigfooty Powerlifting alarm has gone off!
 

benbanjo

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Right ok, just saw 202 85kg, needs to add 15, ideally 20kg, that might take 4-5 years. Goldy got another 5 in him?
 

Val Keating

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Was he overhyped by the media because they’re trying to build the midseason draft into something bigger then it is? Not many players taken in the MSD have gone in to do much.
 

Kciza

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Was he overhyped by the media because they’re trying to build the midseason draft into something bigger then it is? Not many players taken in the MSD have gone in to do much.

From the limited stuff I've seen from him at VFL level he has some tools that are quite impressive for a man his height. He's really co-ordinated and quite smooth at ground level from what I've seen. I'd say he has the biggest upside out of our young ruck options. Rucks tend to take quite a while to develop so I think he's a good 3-4 years off playing regular senior footy, unless we want to rush him in a la Tim English well before he's ready. I guess we have the luxury of not having to do that given the amount of options we have
 

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