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Trade or keep. You don't delist.It’s frustrating to see talent go to waste because it is there, his attack and speed is no worse than say Mitch Brown but Brown has the advantage of height, running power and experience on his side.
We have put so much pressure on him to succeed (not as much the supporter base but the club in general) trying to turn him into a Fyfe type when he never played midfield as a junior and giving him the prestigious number 4 jumper worn by our last captain and gun midfielder.
He has shown to be too good at VFL level and feel he could play a role at many other clubs and either way looks to be a solid depth player regardless, anyone calling for delisting is going way too far but the reality is that it’s highly unlikely he reaches his potential.
Langford collected 24 (2nd most on the team) at 75% efficiency for 302m gained with 9 contested, only 2 turnovers, 6 marks (2nd most on the team), 4 inside 50’s (equal most on the team), 4 clearances (equal second most on the team). He also had a ridiculous 6 score involvements from only 13 total scores from the team, I haven’t checked the whole team but it’s easily the most of those I have checked, Merrett with his 33 touches had 3 score involvements. He was also our only player who was consistently willing to take on the attacking kick through the middle, a kick that is so vital to beating the Dogs as they set up the numbers they swarm down the line behind the ball. So many of our mids and backs spent the night kicking slow and backwards/sideways or taking forever to go before heaving long down the line, Kyle consistently took on that attacking kick through the middle which is probably why he was involved in so many scoring chains.
Hird was basically a key forward early in his career.Hird was played as a high half forward for a season or 2 before he was released into the midfield (and anywhere else he wanted to be) This should have been Kyle's go as well I think. Not that I ever though he was the next Hirdy but a few things he seemed to do easily early could have been nurtured (find space forward on a short lead, mark and goal for example). He seemed to go ok then got poleaxed and wasn't the same after. Sending him into the middle because we needed a Jobe replacement reeked of Essendon 'development' - we've all seen it for years.
I'd like to see him play forward over Laverde or Begley and see if he can settle in down there. I think it's at least worth setting up for over this pre-season as It's doubtful we will be getting any offers for Kyle any time soon.