Player Watch #4 Ryan Clarke - Welcome to Sydney

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Did an solid job on Gaff who got away a little in the last quarter but by that time Clarke hadn’t come off for 2.5 quarters (according to Longmire) and according to the Tracker covered 16.9km which is just outside the Top 25 distances of all time.

Looks like he’s been told or told himself to limit himself to handballs where possible and I felt he was quite effective with them in close (well maybe except for that one hospital handball to Hewett)
 

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Agreed. He still seems a little hesitant around contact but he runs hard and tries to keep within his limits. Jones, Kennedy, Cunningham and Hayward are gonna be gunning for a spot in the 22 soon enough so Clarke will likely be under pressure soon. He's very limited, but good on him for making a good fist of his role.
 

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Agreed. He still seems a little hesitant around contact but he runs hard and tries to keep within his limits. Jones, Kennedy, Cunningham and Hayward are gonna be gunning for a spot in the 22 soon enough so Clarke will likely be under pressure soon. He's very limited, but good on him for making a good fist of his role.
The thing is though that the Swans need a tagger, and if Hewett is no longer our tagger then that means it is Clarke, so Clarke makes the team if Longmire wants to negate one of the opposition midfielders.
 

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The thing is though that the Swans need a tagger, and if Hewett is no longer our tagger then that means it is Clarke, so Clarke makes the team if Longmire wants to negate one of the opposition midfielders.
Cunningham has tagged on occasion and could probably do it.
 

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Cunningham has tagged on occasion and could probably do it.
I would rather Cunningham not do it as he can be quite attacking when he is allowed to be. Clarke's strengths are his strength, his competitiveness and his endurance running which is perfect for tagging. He is a good handballer in tight situations too (for the most part)
 

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Knows how to put his team mates under pressure that’s for sure.

His awareness isn’t up to it imo
I think you've hit the nail on the head with it being about awareness. Doesn't seem to know what's around him and just as importantly, what's around the teammate he is passing to (either by hand or foot). But he's doing a great job of negating his direct opponent, so at least he's still playing a role.
 

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I'm not a fan but in fairness he's done a great job today, Gaffs 28 disposals were not damaging at all and at no stage today was Gaff a threat. credit where it's due.
Not to mention Clarke did not get a break in the last 2 and a half quarters, and I am willing to bet Gaff did get time on the interchange bench.
 

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Agreed. He still seems a little hesitant around contact but he runs hard and tries to keep within his limits. Jones, Kennedy, Cunningham and Hayward are gonna be gunning for a spot in the 22 soon enough so Clarke will likely be under pressure soon. He's very limited, but good on him for making a good fist of his role.
I think he is one of the toughest players on our list. The kid takes some heavy hits & gets up.
I'm enjoying watching him playing his role for the team, knowing full well he has a long way to go with his skills but the club will work on that with him.
 

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I'm not a fan but in fairness he's done a great job today, Gaffs 28 disposals were not damaging at all and at no stage today was Gaff a threat. credit where it's due.
He's actually done the job in each of the last 3 weeks against the top 3 teams. Now I'm looking forward to watching him continue against the best ball winners in every team.
Don't forget Brett Kirk was a very raw youngster who eventually found his confidence in ball use on the back of his great defensive stopping of opponents. Ryan's confidence will build & so will his awareness, just from following the game's best ball winners around.
He'll have a howler here & there but I'm sure his team mates won't write him off.
 
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