Delisted #36: Michael Hartley - Seeking opportunities elsewhere - 8/11

MAAAATTDAAAAMON

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What happened to the Hartley / Tippa bromance? They were always together looking all cute and stuff, then nothing. Trouble in paradise? Real reason he’s leaving?
 

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ant555

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Good luck to him. Would have only got 1 year on minimum for us. Obviously getting more elsewhere. Hurts our depth a bit that is for sure but Hooker and Hurley are going to play a decent majority of games in the next two years and he only really ever replaced Hooker. I liked him as a back up but him going is not going to hurt us hugely. If we get injuries and the back up has to play a lot then we are already in trouble.
 

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Yeah don’t see a loss here. Bit surprised Hawks though when they have Stratton, Sicily, Frawley and now Frost.
Stratton is 189cm and plays more on mid/small fwds
Sicily is a rebounder who runs and kicks
Frawley is 31
Frost has just come across and looks a decent acquisition
 

TheGreatBarryB

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Stratton is 189cm and plays more on mid/small fwds
Sicily is a rebounder who runs and kicks
Frawley is 31
Frost has just come across and looks a decent acquisition
Sicily played on Joe and plays on other talls. Stratton is 190 and can play on taller players like Ambrose who is similar height.

Not much difference to us really. That is Frawley a year older than Hooker, Sicily similar to Hurley. Frost who’s taller than Francis. Unless they think Frawley’s already cooked and won’t play much.
 

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Not surprised.
I would of been happy for him to stay on but understand that he wants more guarantee's.

Other than the two teams mentioned most, I still think the dogs and even Geelong could use him.
 

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Good luck to him. Would have only got 1 year on minimum for us. Obviously getting more elsewhere. Hurts our depth a bit that is for sure but Hooker and Hurley are going to play a decent majority of games in the next two years and he only really ever replaced Hooker. I liked him as a back up but him going is not going to hurt us hugely. If we get injuries and the back up has to play a lot then we are already in trouble.
Ample point you make. If he stayed at Essendon, he would have only recieved one more year you would have thought. With the impending games BZT is going to earn, Hartley may very well have only got the one at Essendon. Seeking opportunities and time at another club is in his own best interests. Good on him for doing to. Being an AFL player is such a short time frame in terms of a lifetime. May as well utilise it the best you can.
 

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