Player Watch #9 Will Hayward - contract extended to 2020

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Tedeski

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Best thing about will is that, from all reports, he loves everything about the club. He's good loyal lad. Definitely looking like a blood for life. Great find.
Players such as this is who you save your cap for. Occasionally we get one wrong as in Tippo that didn't work out as we would have liked but Parker, Kennedy, Hanners etc have shown loyalty & good form for the club & are no doubt being rewarded with each contract that they re-sign.
Make no mistake, once Buddy has a couple of years to go on his contract, we will no doubt get another 'star' to our club with a back ended contract.
 

caesar88

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Apr 26, 2016
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Love him, but has a touch of Rohan in him regarding his stats sheet week to week.
Games such as this are impossibly difficult for kids to make their mark. When the leaders aren't standing up, and the structures are thrown to the wind, players go into their shells and start focusing on individual games. It's a cliche used by commentators but it is true and I could see it tonight. Their was a distinct lack of organisation or method to the way we played. Good luck being a 21 game pressure forward in that. Hayward and Florent would've felt as if they were lost at sea tonight.
 

hairy biker

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Sep 24, 2014
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Can be frustrating watching a game on TV.

Late in the game a graphic came up which indicated Hayward had covered the 2nd most distance of any player on the ground, but difficult to gauge, from the coverage, how much of that was 'useful' running.

I hope that the coaches are going through the tapes, particularly with the young guys such as Will & Florent, to ensure effort = reward (from both an individual/team aspect).
Not a criticism of Hayward, but sometimes a guy early in his career can actually try too hard to make an impression.
One of the things that Leigh Mathews used to tell newbies was that sometimes standing still was actually the best tactic.
 

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S120

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Would have been better if Franklin didn’t tell him to pass off a shot from 25m to kick it to Jones to have a shot from
50m!
Yeh that was bad. Franklin has been excellent but his influence on younger players can cause dumb errors.

Hayward isn't being helped by the game plan either, being forced to contest long, high bombs rather than get to make leads and use his smarts to conjure goals. Why in the hell would we be trying to force him and Rohan to contest bombs into the forward line rather than utilise what makes them valuable?
 

caesar88

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If this kid can continue to go the next level, he could be in All Australian form. Sounds hyperbolic after last night but he is fourth amongst medium/smaller forwards in the comp for goals kicked (behind Breust, Menzel and LeCras). He’s on track for a 40 goal season but I reckon he could go to another level again, particularly against some easier opposition. Highly doubt he’ll be an All Australian but the fact he’s in the same realm as some of the best in the comp at that role is a huge testament to young Will.
 
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