Player Watch #35: Charlie Lazzaro - contract extension until end of 2024

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giantroo

Bleeding Blue and White
Sep 23, 2005
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Charlie Lazzaro has quickly become a fan-favourite due to his high energy and infectious personality, boldly claiming on the record that he is now “royal blue and white for life”.


Lazzaro missed last weekend’s clash with Fremantle due to injury, but prior to that had played in each of the first five rounds of the season.


A legitimate option in multiple positions across the ground, Brown says Lazzaro’s natural versatility has helped him develop into an AFL standard player so rapidly.


“He’s got an incredible energy and vibrancy about him, he’s very go, go, go, and he’s a real ball-hunter with great lateral speed and power,” he said.


“Those attributes are why the club drafted him. He’s certainly taken his opportunity with both hands and we think he’s going really well.


“To be able to put him in three different positions within the normal space of a game is really helping him because he’s getting a good understanding of what each of those positions need, and its only going to help him further down the line.”
 

DuckYeah

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Jul 5, 2010
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Charlie Lazzaro has quickly become a fan-favourite due to his high energy and infectious personality, boldly claiming on the record that he is now “royal blue and white for life”.


Lazzaro missed last weekend’s clash with Fremantle due to injury, but prior to that had played in each of the first five rounds of the season.


A legitimate option in multiple positions across the ground, Brown says Lazzaro’s natural versatility has helped him develop into an AFL standard player so rapidly.


“He’s got an incredible energy and vibrancy about him, he’s very go, go, go, and he’s a real ball-hunter with great lateral speed and power,” he said.


“Those attributes are why the club drafted him. He’s certainly taken his opportunity with both hands and we think he’s going really well.


“To be able to put him in three different positions within the normal space of a game is really helping him because he’s getting a good understanding of what each of those positions need, and its only going to help him further down the line.”
I love Lizard. His endeavour could never be questioned. Blue n white for life
 

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Billy Not Really

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Apr 7, 2018
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Hardest worker we have in the side I reckon. Doesn't slow down even when the game is dying, can run all day, I love how he plays on too, just backs in his speed and he's a pretty handy kick.

He's got some skills to tidy up, such as knowing when to slow it down a little and not run over the ball and clean work at the ground level, but that's all within his wheelhouse to fix. Going to be an incredible player once he hits 25.
 

Kangaroos4eva

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Aug 22, 2012
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Does he lack a tank though? I'm almost always noticing him running hard late in the second half, gut running down the wing, and usually the only other bloke capable of doing that by then is Stepho.
Always gassed after that and then you don’t see him for a while, ie 66% tog. Shows he has got the right attitude, just not the tank to match. Needs to stay in to build that afl fitness as the vfl is a crap show.
 

Devington

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Jun 4, 2013
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66% game time would suggest the coaches are still working on his endurance
Always gassed after that and then you don’t see him for a while, ie 66% tog. Shows he has got the right attitude, just not the tank to match. Needs to stay in to build that afl fitness as the vfl is a crap show.
Fair enough, hadn't taken notice of his TOG. I wonder if they hold him back specifically for later in the game simply because he can gut run at pace and that's when we need it most.
 

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Merlin007

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Jun 7, 2019
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Fair enough, hadn't taken notice of his TOG. I wonder if they hold him back specifically for later in the game simply because he can gut run at pace and that's when we need it most.
could be - I think the comments about a lack of tank and his strong last qtr aren't mutually exclusive, for the reason you suggest
 

The chorus

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Jun 15, 2012
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Draft write ups desribed him as an inside mid, so he is learning to play a new role and is improving every week. Looks like being a great pick up for a draft pick in the 30s
 

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