Player Watch #4 Ryan Clarke

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Ryan Clarke

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The Sydney Swans recruited Ryan Clarke from North Melbourne ahead of season 2019 and he’s since shown promising signs as a young midfielder. The number four is a prolific ball-winner and can also be used to blanket a star on-baller, which he proved last year in shutting down gun Kangaroo Shaun Higgins and classy Magpie Steele Sidebottom. Clarke played 14 senior games in a stop-start 2019 campaign and has set his sights on cementing a spot in coach John Longmire’s best 22 this year. Draft history: 2015 National Draft selection (North Melbourne), No. 31 overall

Ryan Clarke

DOB:17 June 1997
DEBUT:2016
DRAFT:2015
RECRUITED FROM: Rowville (Vic)/Melb Grammar (Vic)/Eastern U18/North Melb

 
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TheMase

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I think he would be on at least 6 figures given the average afl salary is 350k
Almost all players are on 6 figures.
Draftees come in on $90k or so, a bit over $100k for first round draftees.

At a guess I reckon he’d be in the vicinity of 200k, but really I wouldn’t have a clue. I reckon he would be pretty good value at that rate.
 

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Almost all players are on 6 figures.
Draftees come in on $90k or so, a bit over $100k for first round draftees.

At a guess I reckon he’d be in the vicinity of 200k, but really I wouldn’t have a clue. I reckon he would be pretty good value at that rate.
I won’t keep smashing him more but it was more just pointing out to ted he isn’t far off Sinclair’s wage
 

TheMase

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They should be able to work on his kicking action. He gets under the ball so much I am assuming he is connecting with the ball too early / he is meeting the ball with his foot at a higher point thus the ball is going high rather than flat.

That should be correctable with a lot of work (needs to become instinctual / second nature).

Most of the time it isn’t that his connection / the kick is inherently bad (not helicopter, it goes end over end), and for the most part the ball goes to its intended area, but the up and under nature of his kicking just invites defensive pressure / allows the opposition defence to mobilise.
 

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They should be able to work on his kicking action. He gets under the ball so much I am assuming he is connecting with the ball too early / he is meeting the ball with his foot at a higher point thus the ball is going high rather than flat.

That should be correctable with a lot of work (needs to become instinctual / second nature).

Most of the time it isn’t that his connection / the kick is inherently bad (not helicopter, it goes end over end), and for the most part the ball goes to its intended area, but the up and under nature of his kicking just invites defensive pressure / allows the opposition defence to mobilise.
So basically rebuild his whole game
right now opposition teams don’t care if he gets 40 touches
if he could actually use it they might take a look at him
 

TheMase

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So basically rebuild his whole game
right now opposition teams don’t care if he gets 40 touches
if he could actually use it they might take a look at him
Well no. He has no problem doing the grunt work, tackles, getting into the right position or winning the ball. That’s a lot better start than most players.

Rebuilding his kicking though sure wouldn’t hurt.
 

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Well no. He has no problem doing the grunt work, tackles, getting into the right position or winning the ball. That’s a lot better start than most players.

Rebuilding his kicking though sure wouldn’t hurt.
He was more influential than Mitchell at a portion of the price.
 

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Wont be shocked to see Clarke be resigned for 2 more years. Thurlow's recent form may mark his end though
Oh I really hope so.
Make for good reading on here.
Plenty discussion ammo for me after Towers & Foote were delisted to be replaced by the Horse & Clarke threads.
 

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