Player Watch #8 James Rowbottom - pick 25, welcome to Sydney

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GoGeta

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This kid any chance of a recall any time soon? His stats last week didn't look too impressive.
 

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Hopefully gets lots of time in the middle.
Have fun James
The young midfielder has been the Swans’ ‘so near and yet so far’ man of the current campaign.
He has found himself as the ‘emergency’ player on eight occasions, just missing out on the final matchday 22.
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And swapping the leafy surroundings and sparse crowds of a second string fixture to the passion of a buzzing SCG, holds no fears for the confident youngster.
“I’m pretty calm under those sort of environments and don’t really think too much when I run out and there’s 30,000 or so there. I just look at it as an exciting opportunity,” he said.
“I just want to help continue our good form that we’ve put together over the last six weeks.”

And a good showing will obviously strengthen Rowbottom’s case for a run in the senior side. If that means kissing goodbye to the reserves’ MVP award, so be it.
“Oh, God, yeah. I was just having a chat with one of the boys here about it and said ‘I don’t really want to win it, I want to be playing senior footy’,” he said.

“If I don’t play another game in NEAFL, that’s just fine with me.”

 

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Hopefully gets lots of time in the middle.
Have fun James
The young midfielder has been the Swans’ ‘so near and yet so far’ man of the current campaign.
He has found himself as the ‘emergency’ player on eight occasions, just missing out on the final matchday 22.
...
And swapping the leafy surroundings and sparse crowds of a second string fixture to the passion of a buzzing SCG, holds no fears for the confident youngster.
“I’m pretty calm under those sort of environments and don’t really think too much when I run out and there’s 30,000 or so there. I just look at it as an exciting opportunity,” he said.
“I just want to help continue our good form that we’ve put together over the last six weeks.”

And a good showing will obviously strengthen Rowbottom’s case for a run in the senior side. If that means kissing goodbye to the reserves’ MVP award, so be it.
“Oh, God, yeah. I was just having a chat with one of the boys here about it and said ‘I don’t really want to win it, I want to be playing senior footy’,” he said.

“If I don’t play another game in NEAFL, that’s just fine with me.”

I just hope Longmire actually plays him in the midfield.
 

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21 touches and very lively early. Needs to clean up his disposal but he’s going to a great player for us.
I think his disposal is for the most part pretty good, and unlike other players we have each of his disposals is usually reasonably damaging or benefit the side in some way.
 

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This kid is another awesome piece in the 2020 premiership puzzle.

Next on the blocks I would love to see Stoddart. Unlike most on BF, I think he is showing a lot in the NEAFL and could well become the running defender we have been (desperately) looking for.
 

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What i like about him is that he has a relativeley poor kick and he knows it. Kicks within his limitations and doesnt bite off more than he can chew. Really liked his game
 

Mick Oxlong

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Equal 2nd best on the team. Heat map shows he spent most of the game on the wing but watching the game he was exposed to the coalface more than his other games. Very good for an 18 year old and a great signs for the future.
Amazing what happens when you play them in their drafted (and obviously preferred) positions isn’t it?
 

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Amazing what happens when you play them in their drafted (and obviously preferred) positions isn’t it?
IMO he wasn’t ready for that earlier this year.

His early games imo would have been about exposure to the pace of AFL footy vs NEAFL.
 

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IMO he wasn’t ready for that earlier this year.

His early games imo would have been about exposure to the pace of AFL footy vs NEAFL.
I'm glad that's your opinion and you're entitled to it!
 

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I'm glad that's your opinion and you're entitled to it!
You disagree?

By the measure of ‘playing them where they were drafted’, Dawson should be playing as a permanent medium forward. Many other examples of players that played other roles whilst they developed.

I remember when some here criticised Aliir being given time in the forward line and ruck, and yet I doubt his performance last night would have attracted top 5 votes from so many without that exposure...
 

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He is going to be a high disposal winner in the future as I noticed yesterday as I was paying particular attention to him that he got his first 7 disposals very quickly, within the first 15 minutes of the game, but he then spent the next full quarter only getting around 1 disposal. Then, before I knew it in the 3rd quarter he jumped to 14 disposals pretty quickly in the space of about half a quater, and by the end of the 4th quarter he ended up with 21 disposals.

So he goes for huge chunks of the game being completely unsighted, but when he goes have moments of the game where he is particularly involved he can find the ball very quickly, and is usually quite effective and damaging with the ball.

The huge chunks of the game where he is invisible will slowly disappear when he matures and builds a tank, so I could easily imagine him as the sort of player who will eventually very regularly get over 30 disposals a game.
 

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He is going to be a high disposal winner in the future as I noticed yesterday as I was paying particular attention to him that he got his first 7 disposals very quickly, within the first 15 minutes of the game, but he then spent the next full quarter only getting around 1 disposal. Then, before I knew it in the 3rd quarter he jumped to 14 disposals pretty quickly in the space of about half a quater, and by the end of the 4th quarter he ended up with 21 disposals.

So he goes for huge chunks of the game being completely unsighted, but when he goes have moments of the game where he is particularly involved he can find the ball very quickly, and is usually quite effective and damaging with the ball.

The huge chunks of the game where he is invisible will slowly disappear when he matures and builds a tank, so I could easily imagine him as the sort of player who will eventually very regularly get over 30 disposals a game.
Only played 73% gametime so that might account for some of time he was ‘missing’.
 
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