Player Watch #9: Luke Davies-Uniacke - signs two year contract extension until end 2023

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the big lebowski

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Oct 4, 2006
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Another little aspect in his development is his ability to break tackles when he’s stone cold gone. Not talking about at stoppages where he’s untackleable and your only hope is a tackle from a second or third teammate. But when he’s out in the open, with no momentum, like from a bad bounce or a crap kick from a teammate. He’s taking possession, flat footed and still able to get the ball out to a teammate while being pulled to the ground.
 

DarkPhoenix

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Another little aspect in his development is his ability to break tackles when he’s stone cold gone. Not talking about at stoppages where he’s untackleable and your only hope is a tackle from a second or third teammate. But when he’s out in the open, with no momentum, like from a bad bounce or a crap kick from a teammate. He’s taking possession, flat footed and still able to get the ball out to a teammate while being pulled to the ground.
First couple of seasons he'd get caught 7/10 of those. But you could see what he was trying to do and knew it was just a matter of time.

He's got his body and mind up to AFL speed and he's making opposition players look like absolute clowns now.
 

Kanga Glory

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Another preseason , more comfortable with his position in the team he will be a beast. Luke’s weighted kicks are as good as anyone. Will be a highlight reel and forwards will be licking their lips when his has the ball streaming forward
 

Devington

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Jun 4, 2013
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Personally had him down as our best overall today, just thought he stayed in the game for 4 quarters and had a handful of the best passes of the day. Had the most contested possessions for us yet was very clean and constantly working his way out of trouble that would have seen most players in the league get taken to ground, thought it was a great showing.
 

Billy Not Really

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Apr 7, 2018
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He was awesome today, looks more and more comfortable each week and knows he belongs. Even when he's getting into trouble he's finding ways to escape getting penalised for it.

Very clearly Cunnington's heir apparent with such bullishness, and Cunnington acknowledged it to be so in his Q/A and gave him a great wrap for his skills, said he was even better than he was!
 

Usayed Givashe

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Nov 7, 2020
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Personally had him down as our best overall today, just thought he stayed in the game for 4 quarters and had a handful of the best passes of the day. Had the most contested possessions for us yet was very clean and constantly working his way out of contested trouble, thought it was a great showing.
He was sensational today, got smashed twice and didn’t give up.

Showed next level physical toughness today. AMT got him a beauty.
 

Grogg

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Personally had him down as our best overall today, just thought he stayed in the game for 4 quarters and had a handful of the best passes of the day. Had the most contested possessions for us yet was very clean and constantly working his way out of trouble that would have seen most players in the league get taken to ground, thought it was a great showing.
His centre square work is really starting to shine.

Dominated for us in there and it showed on the scoreboard.
 

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gokangas

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I thought he was ok, serviceable game, some nice highlights, but not in our best five. Interesting that neither the Age nor Hun have in our best players. I wonder what the coaches votes will bring.
 

pupstar

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Aug 12, 2017
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I thought he was ok, serviceable game, some nice highlights, but not in our best five. Interesting that neither the Age nor Hun have in our best players. I wonder what the coaches votes will bring.
Yeah i thought the same but maybe i am being a bit hard as i see a few on here had him very high up.
 

franjon

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Another good lesson for him today on workrate. Once he gets his conditioning sorted the forget about it, will be unstoppable.
Agree completely. He's good. He will be even better when he gets his aerobic capacity better. In the off season I would be sprinting and sprinting him. He has the tools, but just needs that run all day and not spectate as much when he doesn't have the ball mentality. In my opinion when he fixes that he will be a ripper.
 

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