Player Watch #32: Mason Wood -

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ozzyoslo

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Wood would be twice as good as Macmillan if he was allowed to float around on his own and avoid contact like Jamie.

Chuck in the occasional point, shank, sidestep contests and turnover.

I can't believe we are going to trade him without seeing him on a wing or at half back.

Pathetic North. No wonder we have been s**t for 20 years.
Part of me wants to like this post but my head says if Shawy has decided not to intervene, then that tells me he doesn't like his attitude. Thus giving his stamp of approval on the subject.
 

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It all seems to point one way. The only tempering bit is that Rhyce was quite coy in his reponses re Goldstein early on then switched to a "want to keep" narrative.

In this case it's not boding well for Mason though. Pity.
Get excited, mate. I know you've got wood for Wood but this is the sort of move we've needed to make for years. Trying to get value for players that are just as likely to rot on the vine than actualise their potential.
 

scooby1279

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Guess that is pretty obvious. We will see what we can get for him, if it helps us improve our list. If no worthwhile offer comes, he will be here next year.
Either way its a kick up the ass he needs. club could be asking for a early second rounder and if not they are happy to keep him.
 

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Tas

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I think Mason would be much better in a much weaker forward line, when Brown was injured and didn't play against the Swans in that SF he got to enjoy being the focus of inside 50 delivery and he showed how he could play. Our midfield is just poorly coached imo and we bomb it to Brown way too much, you can see at games he works hard, puts out some great leads and the mid just hacks it to Brown even when he is stuck in congestion.

I'd be happy to keep him in the hope that we improve in the midfield department under Shaw, however, we have good targets in Brown and Larkey. Without Wood we have more opportunity to push Ziebell forward or even play someone like Xerri if form warrants it who would have to play a third string forward role when not rucking. With Brown/Larkey/Wood it limits us having other options.
 

Rod Stroker

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I think Mason would be much better in a much weaker forward line, when Brown was injured and didn't play against the Swans in that SF he got to enjoy being the focus of inside 50 delivery and he showed how he could play. Our midfield is just poorly coached imo and we bomb it to Brown way too much, you can see at games he works hard, puts out some great leads and the mid just hacks it to Brown even when he is stuck in congestion.

I'd be happy to keep him in the hope that we improve in the midfield department under Shaw, however, we have good targets in Brown and Larkey. Without Wood we have more opportunity to push Ziebell forward or even play someone like Xerri if form warrants it who would have to play a third string forward role when not rucking. With Brown/Larkey/Wood it limits us having other options.
Maybe we don't need to have him in the F50. I'd be open to the idea of playing him up the ground, maybe on a wing (like an Isaac Smith), or even around the ball. He's the same height as Bont at 1.92m, and has a very good tank.
 

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They have. It's been reported on and off for weeks. Just nothing concrete - I suspect that's because no concrete agreement has been reached.
Yeah that's what I meant. Nothing serious. Just a couple of clubs kicking the tyres. No one banging the door down with a significant offer, keen to pry him out of contract and secure his services.
 

LuvtheKangas

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Yeah that's what I meant. Nothing serious. Just a couple of clubs kicking the tyres. No one banging the door down with a significant offer, keen to pry him out of contract and secure his services.
Whatever, we'll see soon enough. I don't agree with your suggestion that he's staying because no other team else is interested, but that might yet end up how it falls out.
 

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Maybe we don't need to have him in the F50. I'd be open to the idea of playing him up the ground, maybe on a wing (like an Isaac Smith), or even around the ball. He's the same height as Bont at 1.92m, and has a very good tank.
You never know, it might work. However, it would be unfair to Mason, who just turn 26, to experiment with his career at this stage when he would have some serious interest in playing the way he does at present by another club. We do that too much, threaten the livelihood of players due to immediate list needs and if it doesn't work we just jettison the player to the trash heap.

I think he is a good forward who would do a lot better in a team that will actually kick it to him when he is out on a good lead. If a club wants him and it can provide us with a player or pick for a role we have a need for then it's great if a win-win trade can be made.

While I think the club should always come first, I don't think we should be reckless with the management of players if we want other players to want to come to the club, we want them to know that we will do the right thing for us and for them.
 

Rod Stroker

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Whatever, we'll see soon enough. I don't agree with your suggestion that he's staying because no other team else is interested, but that might yet end up how it falls out.
If he stays, it will be because the interest from other clubs is not serious enough to warrant us letting him go for well below he's worth.

Is what I'm suggesting.
 

Rod Stroker

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You never know, it might work. However, it would be unfair to Mason, who just turn 26, to experiment with his career at this stage when he would have some serious interest in playing the way he does at present by another club. We do that too much, threaten the livelihood of players due to immediate list needs and if it doesn't work we just jettison the player to the trash heap.

I think he is a good forward who would do a lot better in a team that will actually kick it to him when he is out on a good lead. If a club wants him and it can provide us with a player or pick for a role we have a need for then it's great if a win-win trade can be made.

While I think the club should always come first, I don't think we should be reckless with the management of players if we want other players to want to come to the club, we want them to know that we will do the right thing for us and for them.
Fair enough.
However for years we tried to make a key forward out of Maj. That didn't work out, so in the space of one pre-season we groomed him as a defender and had his best ever year, which probably saved his career.
 

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Yeah that's what I meant. Nothing serious. Just a couple of clubs kicking the tyres. No one banging the door down with a significant offer, keen to pry him out of contract and secure his services.
A 26 year old who has played 50 games and averages less than 14 possessions and 1.5 goals a game hardly warrants a bang on the door. I would suggest a polite note stuck under the door is more than sufficient.
 

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