There needs to be a balance in the side as all clubs possess in going for the now and building for the future.
He is the future, he has to play every game he's physically fit for this year imo. He should also be given priority to some extent in center bounces over some of the others in the side, as he has the potential to be the best clearance mid we have.
The sooner we can develop him to his potential, the sooner we will have another elite midfielder in the side.
Yeah, probably fair point, but it's touch and go imo.
JWS was the Larke medalist and considered top 5 at the time (pre-bidding) in a top 10 that had Deledio, Franklin, Roughead, Griffen, Lewis.
JWS, Travis Cloke and Mitch Morton were all F/S's that year that were considered top 10 prospects at the time as well.
Morton in particular crazily enough was close to more highly rated than JWS, the older F/S system really helped save him from being a complete bust for WC in the same mould as Tambling was for Richmond that year.
There's a fair chance that both JWS and Morton got taken before Franklin that year.
Travis Cloke would of been taken ahead of Tom Williams more than likely.