Player Watch #33: Patrick Walker - signed end 2022

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King Corey

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Really? Walker's a first-year rookie who went really close to making his AFL debut and who was selected for praise a fair bit by members of the coaching staff.

McGuiness, sure, but he's a Cat B rookie isn't he? We don't lose much by giving him another year.
McGuinness is a very good player if he can put on the required muscle.
Obviously neither of these guys are hacks, they've made it on to AFL lists.

But there's a Telephone Book sized list of guys who have worked their way in and out of the emergencies without debuting then left the AFL system completely. I thought this might be the case for Walker.

As for McGuinness - he has some interesting attributes but his development looks lagging 2 years into the system and he's never had continuity with his body or performance to mount a serious case for promotion.

If I'd been forced to choose the next 2 delistees they would've been near the top of the list, not that I hoped for or wanted it to happen.
 

AnEmptyChair

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Obviously neither of these guys are hacks, they've made it on to AFL lists.

But there's a Telephone Book sized list of guys who have worked their way in and out of the emergencies without debuting then left the AFL system completely. I thought this might be the case for Walker.

As for McGuinness - he has some interesting attributes but his development looks lagging 2 years into the system and he's never had continuity with his body or performance to mount a serious case for promotion.

If I'd been forced to choose the next 2 delistees they would've been near the top of the list, not that I hoped for or wanted it to happen.
Fair enough. I honestly don't think Walker could have done much more. He's actually further ahead than I thought he would be.

I also think there's something in the fact that the majority of prospective draftees this year just haven't had the exposure, so later picks, including rookies, are even more of a crap shoot than they have been in the past. It probably doesn't make sense to cut a rookie who you've at least seen first hand and believe is close to playing AFL-level footy to draft someone who's played, at most, 10 under 18 games in the last 2 years.
 

hellas_johnny

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Walker had a good season and deserved a debut, for me if it were between him and hayden walkers season way not deserved of another contract. He especially did well considering the state of the vfl team at times and the fact that they didn't play too many games. He's a perfect replacement for Dumont also
 

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