He is not fitting into the team well now. It must be remembered he is 20yo. When playing as an inside mid he he almost always up against high quality fully mature players, so it is a tough school. There are very few 20 year olds in the AFL who can cope with that. When playing in other positions he is unsuited.As a Ross fan, his form is not screaming out" play me." With RCD having a good debut, I hope he gets a few games. Bolton and Pickett have been playing well in the middle. As is JGT1. Rossy probably get squeezed out. In fact with Baker playing well up the field. It's more pressure on Ross's spot.
I think the MC is trying to keep him involved where they can because they think in coming years he will be needed as an inside mid. He would probably benefit from a good run of games as a full time inside mid at VFL level, and god knows does that team need someone like Ross right now. Perhaps let him hone his leadership and inside game there for now and if the AFL team needs a flanker or winger bring in Naish or Ralphsmith or someone more suited to that position. Longer term I remain optimistic about Ross, I think he is a good player and especially for a 20yo.