Player Watch # 8: Martin Gleeson - Minor surgery on his ankle, won't affect pre-season - 10/9

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Jacques_

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Flexible & dependable, his positioning for spoils yesterday was first class. Great to see him get involved in some attacking chains off half back too, his agility and little burst of speed is underrated.
 

Vander18

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I’ll put my hand up and say that I saw Gleeson as trade bait and I was wrong.

Has shored up the defence and is playing very solid football right now. Clearly ahead of Ridley right now who was one I thought had passed him by.
 

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Gleeson has been excellent these past 2 games in particular. However playing devils advocate, he's really not that far ahead of the likes of Redman, Ridley, Francis and Ambrose who if we had a fit 22 would be the blokes he'd be competing with for a spot. Don't get me wrong he's well and truly deserving of his spot at present but we do have some genuine quality that can play the 3rd tall/medium defender type roles as required.
 

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Gleeson has been excellent these past 2 games in particular. However playing devils advocate, he's really not that far ahead of the likes of Redman, Ridley, Francis and Ambrose who if we had a fit 22 would be the blokes he'd be competing with for a spot. Don't get me wrong he's well and truly deserving of his spot at present but we do have some genuine quality that can play the 3rd tall/medium defender type roles as required.
I don't think any of them play small as effectively as Marty though IMO.
 

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Gleeson has been excellent these past 2 games in particular. However playing devils advocate, he's really not that far ahead of the likes of Redman, Ridley, Francis and Ambrose who if we had a fit 22 would be the blokes he'd be competing with for a spot. Don't get me wrong he's well and truly deserving of his spot at present but we do have some genuine quality that can play the 3rd tall/medium defender type roles as required.
Ambrose has proven that he can take a teams best forward, hes no longer a 3rd tall.
 

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Ambrose has never been a third tall, he doesn't have the intercept game or the disposal. Third-best tall is something different.
 

BrunoV

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And people were saying that he wouldn't break into the side. His ability to play on mediums and smalls is so important.


This is a strawman.

He got a gig due to injury and was never forced to compete with Ridley (who was dropped playing football at the same standard).

That was the discussion, whether he would fit into the side with Redman and Ridley, where Ridley was starting in the side and was then inexplicably dropped. It's very hard to predict the point at which we'll "bite the bullet" and just start playing some of our best young talents - that's basically chook lotto.
 

MiguelM

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This is a strawman.

He got a gig due to injury and was never forced to compete with Ridley (who was dropped playing football at the same standard).

That was the discussion, whether he would fit into the side with Redman and Ridley, where Ridley was starting in the side and was then inexplicably dropped. It's very hard to predict the point at which we'll "bite the bullet" and just start playing some of our best young talents - that's basically chook lotto.
Miles ahead of Ridley IMO. Ridley has plenty if time.

Think we are playing most of the kids now? Would be dumb to play too many
 

DERO

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This is a strawman.

He got a gig due to injury and was never forced to compete with Ridley (who was dropped playing football at the same standard).

That was the discussion, whether he would fit into the side with Redman and Ridley, where Ridley was starting in the side and was then inexplicably dropped. It's very hard to predict the point at which we'll "bite the bullet" and just start playing some of our best young talents - that's basically chook lotto.
I'd rather we play our best talent any day. Ridley has showed a bit and is definitely a player for the future but he has never come to close to demonstrating the same level of consistently good defensive ability that Gleeson has. Ridley may even end up on a wing.

Gleeson reads the ball beautifully and deserves to be picked before Ridley on form and demonstrated ability as an intercepting/ rebounding defender. I'd have Gleeson in front of Francis as well. BZT will also get his chance but this may not be until next year as well.

Gleeson Hooker Ambrose
Saad Hurley McKenna

Back-up: Francis, Ridley, Guelfi, McGrath, Hartley, BZT, McNeice, Dea, Mitch Brown
 

Darealrath

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This is a strawman.

He got a gig due to injury and was never forced to compete with Ridley (who was dropped playing football at the same standard).

That was the discussion, whether he would fit into the side with Redman and Ridley, where Ridley was starting in the side and was then inexplicably dropped. It's very hard to predict the point at which we'll "bite the bullet" and just start playing some of our best young talents - that's basically chook lotto.
How can you say he's not competing with Ridley? They've both been fit, play a similar position and Gleeson is now getting the nod.
 

BrunoV

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How can you say he's not competing with Ridley? They've both been fit, play a similar position and Gleeson is now getting the nod.

Because Ridley was dropped seemingly to develop him in the middle of for one of the other gems we use when we find ways not to play our most talented players.

I take it that everyone saying Gleeson is miles ahead of Ridley were satisfied when Ridley was dropped after round 1 and then dropped again. They were the guys being critical of his JLT performances?

I take it you all watched the VFL games they were playin, too.

Beats the hell out of me if I noticed a difference between Gleeson and Ridley. Gleeson played 1 good game and then got a game as a result of injuries.

It's reading like Gleeson is dominating games.
 

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