Player Watch #38: Sam Draper - ACL tear, season over - 7/5

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eth-dog

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Is there a cut off? I'm sure he'd be interested as I'm fairly sure his move to Casey was to give himself a shot at an AFL career.
Last Friday. And honestly a ruck averaging 23 hitouts and 8.5 disposals a game in the VFL doesn't really inspire confidence.
 

Knox Harrington

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I hope the club extends Sam's contract.
1) Because he has earnt it
2) Put the deal in front of him, lock him in, and that way, it shows him that we have 100 percent faith in him as a player, meaning all he has to do is just focus on recovering and rehab
3) show of faith will make him feel more positive, and you cant overestimate the power of positive thinking in helping the body recover.

Get all members of the Bomber Army/Essendon Family behind him and he will come back hopefully next season bigger and better and raring to go.
 

eth-dog

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I hope the club extends Sam's contract.
1) Because he has earnt it
2) Put the deal in front of him, lock him in, and that way, it shows him that we have 100 percent faith in him as a player, meaning all he has to do is just focus on recovering and rehab
3) show of faith will make him feel more positive, and you cant overestimate the power of positive thinking in helping the body recover.

Get all members of the Bomber Army/Essendon Family behind him and he will come back hopefully next season bigger and better and raring to go.
I don't think it's a case of the club not rating Draper, I can only remember one other rookie given a multi-year deal straight off the bat and that was Walla. It's more trying to keep his temptation from returning to SA.
 

eth-dog

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Yet Goddards 10 extra hit outs a game makes him the savior?
No, but I hadn't actually looked at Goddard's stats at that point. Right now the best option seems to be Knoll from South Adelaide.
My day was ruined early when Kompany hit that inexplicable canon into the back of the net to dent Liverpool’s title challenge. But this didn’t help.
Thanks for reminding that something good happens every day :D
 

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Squeaky

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Terrible News.
God speed with the recovery young man & here's to getting back post-haste & without any drama!
Shame we never got to see him in the ones already - was awesome in some of the finals last year.
 

Ambrosia

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VAFA is better than EFL and I know someone at Collegians that say that only two teams could get within 10 goals of Frankston last year, the Grand Finalists.
Hard to gauge but the top 3 or 4 EFL sides are very very good. I recall one of them touching up a VFL side in a practice match recently.
 

Old Campaigner

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Nah, I actually just assumed he'd need a game in the VFL to get up to speed once fit, but I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures.
 

un_eggs

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No, but I hadn't actually looked at Goddard's stats at that point. Right now the best option seems to be Knoll from South Adelaide.

Thanks for reminding that something good happens every day :D
Boooo!!
 
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