Player Watch #9: Luke Davies-Uniacke - Shacked up with A.Bonar and back in training.

Rusty Buckets

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Um no offence LDU but there are more pressing needs you need to work on.
Pressing need one: Head over the ball. Pressing need two: Understanding that defence is not what separates the playing arena from the supporters. Moreover, has it ever been established why we didn't select Stephenson at 4?
 

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Uber Roo

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Pressing need one: Head over the ball. Pressing need two: Understanding that defence is not what separates the playing arena from the supporters. Moreover, has it ever been established why we didn't select Stephenson at 4?
Because LDU wasn’t expected to be available at 4
He was always going at pick 2, throughout the year


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dollarscost

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Oct 10, 2019
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Pressing need one: Head over the ball. Pressing need two: Understanding that defence is not what separates the playing arena from the supporters. Moreover, has it ever been established why we didn't select Stephenson at 4?
Clubs were scared off Stephenson because of his heart issues. Collingwood were just brave enough to gamble on it.

Furthermore, LDU was always projected to go ahead of Stephenson the entire year. He was one of the top - if not the top - inside midfield prospects in that draft. Inside midfielders are arguably the most important part of a team. When you have a chance to take that level of prospect at that position at Pick 4, you don't pass it up.

I do agree though, there's certainly things he needs to work on on the field. I think we're still two years away from seeing him really start to shine week in week out.
 

Rusty Buckets

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Clubs were scared off Stephenson because of his heart issues. Collingwood were just brave enough to gamble on it.

Furthermore, LDU was always projected to go ahead of Stephenson the entire year. He was one of the top - if not the top - inside midfield prospects in that draft. Inside midfielders are arguably the most important part of a team. When you have a chance to take that level of prospect at that position at Pick 4, you don't pass it up.

I do agree though, there's certainly things he needs to work on on the field. I think we're still two years away from seeing him really start to shine week in week out.
Yeah, nah. Class ball users with speed are the hardest to find. You can still find quality inside mids in the 30s and 40s, i.e. Swallow, Dumont, Luke Parker, Cameron Ling ...
 

Rusty Buckets

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Oct 11, 2019
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Clubs were scared off Stephenson because of his heart issues. Collingwood were just brave enough to gamble on it.

Furthermore, LDU was always projected to go ahead of Stephenson the entire year. He was one of the top - if not the top - inside midfield prospects in that draft. Inside midfielders are arguably the most important part of a team. When you have a chance to take that level of prospect at that position at Pick 4, you don't pass it up.

I do agree though, there's certainly things he needs to work on on the field. I think we're still two years away from seeing him really start to shine week in week out.
Maybe the Pies' medicos were simply more professional.
 

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ferball

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Rated according to whom? And yes, I do have my doubts as to whether he'll make it.
Pretty much everyone.

He was expected to go no 1 iirc and Rayner was a smokey for no 1. In which case LDU was bound to go 2. We had 4 and were expecting to miss out on him. He wasn't even in the conversation for our pick iirc.

To the point where I missed draft night that night and was speaking to a mate about who we got (who doesn't follow this stuff as closely as me,) and he was saying "some guy with a hyphen" and I was thinking "Who could that be and why didn't we get Stephenson?" because I didn't think LDU would have been around.
Took me about 30 seconds to realise we got him. Then I was saying "Wait a minute did we get Davies Uniake?" ... Really? ... HowTF did we do that?" and old mate is saying "I dunno ... is he any good?"

He needs to lift his intensity imo but I'm expecting that to happen with the new coach. (Kind of agree about "head over the ball" and defending.)
 

roos_tt29

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Oct 6, 2015
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Pretty much everyone.

He was expected to go no 1 iirc and Rayner was a smokey for no 1. In which case LDU was bound to go 2. We had 4 and were expecting to miss out on him. He wasn't even in the conversation for our pick iirc.

To the point where I missed draft night that night and was speaking to a mate about who we got (who doesn't follow this stuff as closely as me,) and he was saying "some guy with a hyphen" and I was thinking "Who could that be and why didn't we get Stephenson?" because I didn't think LDU would have been around.
Took me about 30 seconds to realise we got him. Then I was saying "Wait a minute did we get Davies Uniake?" ... Really? ... HowTF did we do that?" and old mate is saying "I dunno ... is he any good?"

He needs to lift his intensity imo but I'm expecting that to happen with the new coach. (Kind of agree about "head over the ball" and defending.)
Noticed he now has no strapping on his shoulders - will be interesting to see if that continues post-op into the 2020 season. Could be a good sign.
 

Rusty Buckets

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Pretty much everyone.

He was expected to go no 1 iirc and Rayner was a smokey for no 1. In which case LDU was bound to go 2. We had 4 and were expecting to miss out on him. He wasn't even in the conversation for our pick iirc.

To the point where I missed draft night that night and was speaking to a mate about who we got (who doesn't follow this stuff as closely as me,) and he was saying "some guy with a hyphen" and I was thinking "Who could that be and why didn't we get Stephenson?" because I didn't think LDU would have been around.
Took me about 30 seconds to realise we got him. Then I was saying "Wait a minute did we get Davies Uniake?" ... Really? ... HowTF did we do that?" and old mate is saying "I dunno ... is he any good?"

He needs to lift his intensity imo but I'm expecting that to happen with the new coach. (Kind of agree about "head over the ball" and defending.)
i guess Rayner was pretty much 'rated' by everyone too. if he and Zurhaar were both on the market at the same time, it'd be unanimous who the clubs would rate higher now. I just feel we get seduced by a draft number.
 

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