Player Watch #5 Christian Petracca - signed to 2020

Tempy Tiger

Premiership Player
Sep 18, 2006
4,321
3,395
AFL Club
Melbourne
Problem is, we are all calling for basically everyone bar Gawn and Salem to be dropped :) Who’s playing seniors? Goody, Chappy, Rooke and co?
 

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Bazza97

Premiership Player
Nov 17, 2016
3,358
3,333
Melbourne
AFL Club
Melbourne
Would like to see him spend more time on-ball. Right now, Viney is going to be out for a couple of weeks at least so I think the opportunity is there for Petracca to play through the midfield more. He did play through there a bit against Richmond but starting next week against Hawthorn, I think he should play as much as he can on-ball. Long-term I think he should be developed to play primarily in the midfield as I think that's where he can best reach his potential and improve.
 

demondavey

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 18, 2005
20,584
15,923
AFL Club
Melbourne
Right now if he isn’t injured the best place is on ball. He won’t get match fit by not being in a game situation unless he goes to the VFL. Seriously, our season is done, he might as well have a month in the middle to see what he can do.

At year end, and if the right outside player becomes available, I’ve no issues packaging him up with a pick and trading him. Unless he does something this year that screams ‘keep me forever a Demon’ then we could enhance our list around and without him.
 

mrmonkey

Premiership Player
Dec 3, 2010
3,245
3,092
Melbourne
AFL Club
Melbourne
I like the idea of him just running with opposition midfielders just so he can learn how much he needs to run, when to run, where to run ect. The problem is he isn't fit enough. Maybe a solid month in the vfl could help with confidence and decision making. I wouldn't trade him, but he needs a big pre season. Maybe oliver can take him under his wing to help him shed some kgs.
 

Gysberts2Bate

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 12, 2013
15,303
17,758
Melbourne
AFL Club
Melbourne
I like the idea of him just running with opposition midfielders just so he can learn how much he needs to run, when to run, where to run ect. The problem is he isn't fit enough. Maybe a solid month in the vfl could help with confidence and decision making. I wouldn't trade him, but he needs a big pre season. Maybe oliver can take him under his wing to help him shed some kgs.
The only opposition midfielder I’d feel comfortable putting him on is Dom Tyson
 

blitznu

Club Legend
Jan 6, 2013
2,044
2,145
AFL Club
Melbourne
I like the idea of him just running with opposition midfielders just so he can learn how much he needs to run, when to run, where to run ect. The problem is he isn't fit enough. Maybe a solid month in the vfl could help with confidence and decision making. I wouldn't trade him, but he needs a big pre season. Maybe oliver can take him under his wing to help him shed some kgs.
I reckon all he actually needs is a full pre season. Lost weight was supposedly going awse then did his knee and obviously pasta boy needs to putting in the ks all preseason. Hes yet to have a full preseason isnt he?
 

00Stinger

Duel Group 1 winner
May 8, 2007
20,510
19,822
@ HOME
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Liverpool & San Francisco 49ers
I still don’t rate him. If we can send him off somewhere for a gun outside midfielder I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Dying seconds of the game the ball in dispute just outside the Hawthorn 50. Petracca bumps a Hathorn player, breaks another tackle and as he is about to been gang tackled by two Hawks players he boots the ball forward in effect winning the game.
 
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