Player Watch #37: Kyron Hayden - “A man’s man!”

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Passmore

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Still not sold. Almost sold, but not quite there yet. His instincts seem a touch off the pace, whereas someone like Mahoney is on point. That said, more senior footy will iron that out. Although we said that about Atley too...
He's not as natural a footballer as Mahony.

He's getting a bit better each week. It's only game 4 and he's got a bit of a way to go, but I think he'll be a keeper.

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Val Keating

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Still not sold. Almost sold, but not quite there yet. His instincts seem a touch off the pace, whereas someone like Mahoney is on point. That said, more senior footy will iron that out. Although we said that about Atley too...
He’s a good defender. Once his confidence builds he’ll more decisive when he has the ball. At the moment he looks like he doesn’t want to make a mistake when he gets it. The skills are there, he’s hard at it too. IMO he’s improving every game.
 

GarnerSmash

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He’s a good defender. Once his confidence builds he’ll more decisive when he has the ball. At the moment he looks like he doesn’t want to make a mistake when he gets it. The skills are there, he’s hard at it too. IMO he’s improving every game.
Yeah, was better this week, that's for sure.
 

roos_fanatic08

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Some of his kicking off half back yesterday was on point. He was one who actually backed himself to kick the thing 50m to a player rather than going to the safety of long down the line.

The composure is what really makes me think we need to pump as many games into him as possible.

Once he gets his confidence up and we see his ball carrying/speed on the outside he’ll take his game to another level.

Remember he has only had 5 months of training as a defender.

All the raw signs are there!

A backline with him and EVW back there would make us so much more composed!
 

king of the road

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Considering his inexperience - he’s doing very well.

Rarely beaten one on one. Tackles hard. Seems to have good closing speed, holds his feet so can make those 2nd efforts to tackle after an initial contest which is important against strong half forwards.

Vertical leap to spoil, even to halve contests against bigger opponents.

Composure in traffic to find space and use well, turns defense into attack - more so with confidence from more games.

Can see transitioning to a defensive midfielder once EVW comes back.

Becoming one of my faves.
 

shimaburnsgrieg

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A shining light in this season so far.

Could certainly go into the mids if required but at this stage we need him down back - he is in the minority down there re knowing how to use the ball once he gets it.
 

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Caracas

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He’s a good defender. Once his confidence builds he’ll more decisive when he has the ball. At the moment he looks like he doesn’t want to make a mistake when he gets it. The skills are there, he’s hard at it too. IMO he’s improving every game.[/QUOTE]

Definitely stepped up yesterday. Proving he is getting accustomed to the pace of the game. I’m very bullish about Kyron.


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ferball

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Still not sold. Almost sold, but not quite there yet. His instincts seem a touch off the pace, whereas someone like Mahoney is on point. That said, more senior footy will iron that out. Although we said that about Atley too...
You should be sold.

This guy is significantly better than Atley, who you mentioned, in terms of composure and decision making.

I disagree about his instincts, especially this week. He took his time to use the ball cos he was able to create it for himself. That's instinctive too, knowing you have the time and space to assess the situation. There were times he was quick and instinctive but the were hard to notice cos he was quick.

He could play Cunners role if he can handball well I reckon. Mahoney has a bit of that too.
 

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