Player Watch #33: Brayden "Donny" Ham

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Honestly its not even just the size - does anyone even recall him winning many contests last year? Because I can't.
I think its great that he's bulked up a bit from being a complete twig but he will never be an inside midfielder at AFL level. Its wing, half forward or half back for him. Anything else is just insane.
 

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I think the biggest thing for Ham is whether he'll be able to stay involved enough. He has some great attributes (pace, endurance - and willing to use both - good kick too, although has a tendency to occasionally kick a ball up rather than through). It's just whether he's smart enough to know where to run and to get on the end of enough handballs, etc.

Wing's the best spot for him but if it's not working out I'd love to see him trialled off half-back for the reasons mentioned above. Think it would be easier for him to find it there and he wouldn't be a total liability in the air - he's shown a bit to suggest he has some courage overhead.
 

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I think the biggest thing for Ham is whether he'll be able to stay involved enough. He has some great attributes (pace, endurance - and willing to use both - good kick too, although has a tendency to occasionally kick a ball up rather than through). It's just whether he's smart enough to know where to run and to get on the end of enough handballs, etc.
One of the positives from today's hitout was this bloke and that yes, he can get involved consistently.
 

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One of the positives from today's hitout was this bloke and that yes, he can get involved consistently.
Work rate has never been a knock, skill has always been (at worst) solid, consistently getting into dangerous positions has been the issue. If he brings that consistency he'll become a valuable player I reckon.
 

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Work rate has never been a knock, skill has always been (at worst) solid, consistently getting into dangerous positions has been the issue. If he brings that consistency he'll become a valuable player I reckon.
I wasn't saying workrate, I was saying being involved. Knowing where to run, whether it's a good position for an uncontested mark or following up a guy who has taken a mark and giving him an easy handball option.

In his first two games he averaged almost 15km a match, but 7 disposals. Just had to get smarter about where he ran
 

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I wasn't saying workrate, I was saying being involved. Knowing where to run, whether it's a good position for an uncontested mark or following up a guy who has taken a mark and giving him an easy handball option.

In his first two games he averaged almost 15km a match, but 7 disposals. Just had to get smarter about where he ran
I wasn't questioning you. Maybe I should've reversed my sentences, then it would've come across as intended.
 

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He didn’t attend any centre bounces but there were a couple of times early where he appeared to be playing on ball to some degree around stoppages.
Versatility then. Does he keep his feet now? The club could actually sell the weights and diet program of a guy like Ham. Transforms body types.
 

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Im glad he kept his spot on the list. Definitely should play a lot of games this year. I know there are concerns from many about his contested work, which is fair enough and hopefully he can develop this aspect to reach a level that is deemed acceptable.

There is also another aspect to AFL and I think he could etch out a long career paying on a wing. I know he has had a history of drifting in and out of games this will also improve hopefully. However on this, I like how when a game has been close in the last, I think Brayden has the ability to actually get involved. Its a trait not every one has.
 

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