Player Watch #5 Isaac Heeney - now a Swan until 2022!

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legend166

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Yeah, I'm so disappointed that Heeney played awesome and helped us get a win. I definitely didn't want that to happen.


There's some weird responses to player critique on this board. None of us want these guys to not be good. Nothing would make me happier than Heeney winning three Brownlows in a row even if it proves my criticism wrong. Even though it wouldn't actually prove me wrong - all I've said is that so far Heeney's development has stalled and if we want to get back contesting for a flag we need to him to be consistently at his best more often than he is now. He was on the weekend - fantastic! Keep it going.
 

Mick Oxlong

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Hopefully it's just his dodgy ankle that is holding him back.

Still waiting for him to tear games a apart. Should be doing it by now
His good is very good, it’s actually elite in my opinion.
His bad is very bad and it always appears as though he’s labouring. I find it ironic that his form dips are relative to ‘injury’ and yet his injuries never require rest.

Not suggesting that injury is a cop out for poor form but if it is, rest him. Consistency is more important.
 

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There was an article in Advertiser (behind paywall)
May 10, 2019 - It's a pain but Heeney plays on ... ISAAC Heeney is determined to play through the pain despite an ankle problem restricting Sydney's young

So maybe having injections every game - that can't be much fun
 

Mick Oxlong

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There was an article in Advertiser (behind paywall)
May 10, 2019 - It's a pain but Heeney plays on ... ISAAC Heeney is determined to play through the pain despite an ankle problem restricting Sydney's young

So maybe having injections every game - that can't be much fun
Masking a problem could create bigger problems I believe.
Personally, I think the AFL should scrap these injections. In my opinion these are performance enhancing because if you don’t have them, you can’t perform.

We don’t want to ruin careers for the sake of putting an injured talent on the field.
 

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You only have to watch him try to change directions. It’s slow. When he’s got a straight run at things or he needs to hold position or jump vertically he’s fine. When he’s in the middle and the ball takes a bad bounce or an opponent gets to the ball first coming the other way, he tries to change direction and the play passes him by.

I suppose there’s logic that we won’t be playing finals, so might as well get more games and experience into him, even at a lower level of performance, and then rest him over the offseason to get him back in full form next year. But I don’t like it at all.
 

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Hes beyond being a forward pocket..he needs to be in the mids full time..if he physically cannot do that, then dont play him until he can. The role he plays now is ridiculous and does nothing for his development
 

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Heeney2Franklin

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Ok so say this is his ceiling still more than handy player not everyone becomes a top 5 player of the comp.

I still think he is a better forward than mid.

Obviously the season is shot soo im not sure the point of playing him if he is under serious duress? hello Sydney? seriously tho whenever i hear Longmire say Isaac has been brave and playing through pain i think to myself why?
 

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Highlight reel atm

Injury or not imo he isn’t a A grader and might never be.

So far from a predicted Fyfe
He can do spectacular things but there are times his kicking is unreliable and times when he drops off on his effort. The whole Heeney and Mills experience if anything teaches us all that potential is a far cry from actual achievement. So easy to dump a truck load of cash in someone's lap to ward off other contract offers, but it is still a gamble for potential to be realised. Tbh of the three I'm inclined to believe Blakey may turn out best. Still a gamble.
 

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He can do spectacular things but there are times his kicking is unreliable and times when he drops off on his effort. The whole Heeney and Mills experience if anything teaches us all that potential is a far cry from actual achievement. So easy to dump a truck load of cash in someone's lap to ward off other contract offers, but it is still a gamble for potential to be realised. Tbh of the three I'm inclined to believe Blakey may turn out best. Still a gamble.
Prefer the three to Ling ....
At least with our academy stars we know what we are getting.
 

Bonz

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Heeney has been good for a few weeks now.

Firmly believe he has overcome his injury issues from the start of the year and is now showing us exactly what he can do.

I expect next year he will be will be right up there in AA contention.
 

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God, this guy can be frustrating. He finally broke out of 2nd gear cruising in the final quarter and you could see was putting in maximum effort repeatedly. We need that kind of top gear effort from him over 4 quarters.
At the time i thought he was really going to come of age and drag our carcass across the line...sadly though...
 
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