AFL Player #39: Kaine Baldwin - Pre-season interview - 24/11

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Dec 14, 2015
AFL Club

Contract Status: Out of contract 2022 (Category A Rookie)
Last Game Played: n/a
Injury Status: Played a half in the scratch match, will play 70 minutes game time next week - 18/8
Played half the scratch match, unscathed! - 15/8
Test for this week. VFL? - 11/8
3rd week in main training, should get game time in the next couple of weeks - 4/8
Doing everything right, confirmation has joined main training - 29/6
Whispers he joined main training this week - 24/6
Recruited with a pre-existing ACL injury
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Brownlow Medallist
Apr 23, 2016
AFL Club
Serious question; is putting on that much weight going to be detrimental to his knees?
I'm not sure how much weight he'll gain, likely he'll lean down once he's doing a full preseason running load, and trade-off some puppy fat for muscle mass.

He's listed at 193cm / 90kg already, so it's not like he needs to gain weight to be a solid unit.

I'd imagine for a lot of young guys, the AFL system gives them access to the strength & conditioning to help correct any muscle imbalances or stability issues that they've had as they've grown.

Old Campaigner

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Nov 22, 2012
AFL Club
At 19 he'd still be growing into his frame. Seems like it should be a concern? Then you factor the impact of jumping and landing as well...
Not sure. Maybe big units have bigger tendons or something. I assume that if the physios were concerned about it they'd try to slim him down a bit and/or give him a heap of extra knee strengthening work to do. Either way, May got over his issues so I'm sure Baldwin can too unless there's something genetic giving him bad knees

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The Donners

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 26, 2007
AFL Club
Other Teams
Aston Villa
Serious question; is putting on that much weight going to be detrimental to his knees?
How much weight has he actually put on though? He simply looks like a man to me rather than a boy. I’m sure he’s done a fair amount of work on his legs over the last year or 2.


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May 6, 2007
South East Suburbs
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Tottenham Hotspurs, Melbourne Vixen
If this guy plays 6 games and kicks 10 goals, id be ok passing on King.
No reason Baldwin can’t be our Tom Hawkins with that size

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