Player Watch #37: Dylan Clarke

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Every team has the ability to carry one bloke who can't kick as long as their main strength over rides it and they stick to what they know....and they need to be prepared to be a whipping boy when it goes bad

Think of guys like Wil Langford, Shane tuck, Rhys Palmer, maybe even Swan or Rockliff to much less extent...

It can happen, just be ready to run past for a handball when they mark
Castagna from Richmond is a shocking kick but he has a role and does it well enough, good thing about Clarke is that he can bring forward pressure, he isnt much slower than Baguley.
 
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Bloke has become a list clogger every time he gets a game he looks horrible sorry but delist material.
LOL he's played one game and the season HASN'T EVEN STARTED

This is record timing big fella
 

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I've been thinking about it a bit more , if you focus on what a player can do instead of what he can't, maybe you are a fair way toward getting that bloke a career. You can cater things toward his strength, Unless of course the thing he can't do actually detracts from his strengths..

The question here is, can you make it as an afl player if you can't kick?

In times past, no, kicking was a fundamental of our game, kick, mark, kick mark.

Is it still a fundamental of our game? Or has the game compartmentalized so much that your particular role means kicking isn't a fundamental?

If I take a Daniel Cross as an example, couldn't kick over a jam tin, Ben Cunnington, similar, the afire mentioned Langford, a real shank merchant.

Their stats were always heavily skewed toward a HB : K ratio, sonetimes Cross would be like 20 : 4. He forged a fine career.

What are Clarke's strengths? Strong, aerobic, extractor. Negative , kicking.

With those strengths could he not forge a career where he attends stoppages as an extractor, hurting the opposition, then moving to a defensive tag type role in general play, using his strength and endurance?

Could he be a tagger that wins his own inside ball?
 

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I've been thinking about it a bit more , if you focus on what a player can do instead of what he can't, maybe you are a fair way toward getting that bloke a career. You can cater things toward his strength, Unless of course the thing he can't do actually detracts from his strengths..

The question here is, can you make it as an afl player if you can't kick?

In times past, no, kicking was a fundamental of our game, kick, mark, kick mark.

Is it still a fundamental of our game? Or has the game compartmentalized so much that your particular role means kicking isn't a fundamental?

If I take a Daniel Cross as an example, couldn't kick over a jam tin, Ben Cunnington, similar, the afire mentioned Langford, a real shank merchant.

Their stats were always heavily skewed toward a HB : K ratio, sonetimes Cross would be like 20 : 4. He forged a fine career.

What are Clarke's strengths? Strong, aerobic, extractor. Negative , kicking.

With those strengths could he not forge a career where he attends stoppages as an extractor, hurting the opposition, then moving to a defensive tag type role in general play, using his strength and endurance?

Could he be a tagger that wins his own inside ball?
I think that is something that the good teams have done well, rather than trying to put 22 well rounded players on the park they've allowed players with some real deficiencies to their game to focus on what they're elite at and built their role in the side around that.
 
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I think Clarke has a lot of positives; if he was elite by hand e.g. Watson / Priddis then he'd likely have played more games.

He's got a good frame and reads the play well enough to stay involved, works defensively, and is still young.

Plenty to work with. If he ends up a ~90kg inside mid ballwinning workhorse then he'll have a role.

Biggest things with me are getting his kicking to a point where he's not a liability if he gets it in space (Watson & Priddis weren't great, but weren't liabilities) and being able to open up play more by hand. Someone like Greg Williams is actually a very good person for him to work with on this.

Pretty harsh to judge him a bust at this point, the single AFL game he played I thought he was quite passable. Didn't set the world on fire but you could see he was willing to do the defensive, team oriented things. I think with a run af games at AFL level he'd be a mid 20s / 5-8 tackles a game kind of player.
 

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He's such an "if only" player. Has great qualities to add to the side. His kicking at the moment isn't AFL standard.
I'm really hoping he at least improves it to passable because that's the only thing stopping him from becoming best 22. We could use an inside mid with his size.
 

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The Butcher is hopefully snapping at goal from an acute angle.

Please, please don’t let that be an around the corner drop punt.
There's only one guy in our team who can do an around the corner drop punt, and that's irish.

Maybe Dyls is just over reaching, I mean the inside out torp is amongst the hardest kicks to perfect in the game of footy, and its his go to. Just step it back a few notches and it might be fine
 
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