Player Watch #32: Mason Wood -

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Tas

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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.
I think the change of roles does sometimes work, it is worth pursuing if the player in question hasn't established himself as AFL standard in any particular position or role. Tarrant worked out well, people called him concrete hands as a forward, it saved his career. Wright from a half-forward to a half-back. Jacob's significant role change was huge.

I do not think you should base your development decisions around what are immediate needs, it is something we are guilty of and it is why we rarely have much if any trade value, because we will turn a potentially good player in role X into a shithouse player in role Y and then that player is of little to no trade value.

The irony with Maj was that we made the call about him should going back years before it happened. It was a captain obvious call because he often looked lost as a ruckman or forward. It wasn't until Scott's ex-team mate Lynch hassled Brad for 2 years about Maj before he decided to give him a go.

Wood is a different scenario, he has value as a forward, he is mature aged so he doesn't have as much time to make the most of his career now, he has value now, if we try him as a wingman and he fails then that value is going to be zero, his career will be over and everyone loses. If we need a wingman then trade him out for someone who is a great young prospect or someone who has runs on the board in that role. The opportunity cost of failure is too high when it comes to a player like Wood in his current circumstances.
 

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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.
True. But Wood is a good forward but he's behind some other players. Maj had a history of doing good thing running at the ball from the defensive side too. He's a better forward than Maj was before he went back. Not saying it wouldn't work tho.
 

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One of the ITKs on here suggested Mason struggles to follow instructions? Has all the talent in the world but if it's not going on upstairs then no surprise he has never put a consistent stretch together. Talent only gets you so far.
He hasn’t had a injury free run at it

That’s all it is. Continuity. He gets that, confidence in his body will come

He may never get there
 

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He hasn’t had a injury free run at it

That’s all it is. Continuity. He gets that, confidence in his body will come

He may never get there
He wasn't injured at all this season and was still inconsistent, to the point he ended up being dropped. You see it in games too - he will be involved for a quarter here and a half there, but very rarely the whole thing. And he will be 26 next season, it's not like he's still some raw kid.

If it was purely just needing continuity then he wouldn't be up for trade after a season where has wasn't injured. People just don't want to accept he isn't going to be the player we thought he was going to be in 2016.
 

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Mason is a real tease. I know he has had set backs but most of us expected much more by now. If we can use him in a deal to get someone like Papley - bye. If he stays let's hope he can get his best game on the field.
 

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I reckon give him a go down back if he doesn’t get traded

He reminds me of that point in his career when Taz wasn’t making much headway as a Forward

He has a good leap, will go hard when needed and has a good enough tank, but if he ‘can’t follow instructions well’ he may just need see-ball-get-ball-straight-ahead back end instructions
 

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He wasn't injured at all this season and was still inconsistent, to the point he ended up being dropped. You see it in games too - he will be involved for a quarter here and a half there, but very rarely the whole thing. And he will be 26 next season, it's not like he's still some raw kid.

If it was purely just needing continuity then he wouldn't be up for trade after a season where has wasn't injured. People just don't want to accept he isn't going to be the player we thought he was going to be in 2016.
He has had calf issues on and off all year?
 

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Like with Black, we held him too long and missed a likely first round selection on offer at the time.

He still has some level of currency, mostly because there isn’t a swag of quality talls on the market and he is contracted.
 

tazaa

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November 7th calling it.
He’ll show glimpses here and there but ultimately get traded to Geelong for a third rounder when Ziebell and Zurharr keep him out of the side.
 

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Like with Black, we held him too long and missed a likely first round selection on offer at the time.

He still has some level of currency, mostly because there isn’t a swag of quality talls on the market and he is contracted.
Why would we have traded him away, if he was worth a first round pick? So we could select another Mason Wood type with that first round pick?
 

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