Player Watch #35 Sam Naismith

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caesar88

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Not sure what the alternative would be. Let another ruck walk out the door when we're already short and there are none out there for the taking that are better than Naismith?
 

caesar88

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Apr 26, 2016
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It's not, we currently get smashed in the ruck but around ground Sinclair does a good job. Naismith does well in the ruck but his around ground does leave to be desired. It'd be good to have options depending on the matchup and rucks are often late bloomers.
Agreed. Sinclair has been very good in the sense that we've relied on him as we've had nobody else and he has delivered.

But in the grand scheme of things he's still not much good as a ruck-man and if we can do better, we should be trying. As you say, we now have two fairly experienced rucks plus Cameron. if Naismith can get fit we have three rucks competing for a spot next year which means we can be more flexible with our choices.
 

MC Bad Genius

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Agreed. Sinclair has been very good in the sense that we've relied on him as we've had nobody else and he has delivered.

But in the grand scheme of things he's still not much good as a ruck-man and if we can do better, we should be trying. As you say, we now have two fairly experienced rucks plus Cameron. if Naismith can get fit we have three rucks competing for a spot next year which means we can be more flexible with our choices.
Flexibility and competition is a definite plus. I'd still back in Sinclair for the start of 2019.
 

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scaryness

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First thought is that this looks like another contract we were too generous with the length.

Not surprised to see him re-sign given our depth, don't rate him overall though.
 

TheMase

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He is a pretty good, and probably our best player primary as a ruck (*ruck craft only). I looked up his numbers from last season and he matched Gawn for instance in our game vs Melbourne (27 hitouts to 29).

If he can improve around the ground, he is at worst reasonable and cheap ruck cover, an area of our that is pretty weak overall right now.

Doubt he’d be on much more than $150k.
 

MF

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3 years for a very very average ruck that’s. Inning of an acl

Good going
Yeah, unless he was fielding offers from elsewhere I find 3 years excessive. Surely a 2 year extension.
 
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