Player Watch Aaron Naughton - Something Special

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bigboysdontcry

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I can’t believe this guy doesn’t have his own thread! He deserves his own thread.

This kid is something special! I don’t think there is a better player in the league at marking the high ball and attacking it as he does. Yes he needs to get some specialist training on his goal kicking but that will improve.

At 19 years old, he led the competition in contested marks. Last year he had a shocking interrupted injury season. At 21, he is again leading the competition with marks inside 50 and contested marks.

Bulldog fans have waited for someone like this since the Chris Grant,Beasley, Templeton days.

This kid has a leap like Modra, courage like J.Brown and hands like Stewart Lowe. Problem is he kicks like Levi Casboult.

If he can get his kicking up to above average, he will be the best forward of the next decade.
 

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DapperDon

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I don’t think there is a better player in the league at marking the high ball and attacking it as he does. Yes he needs to get some specialist training on his goal kicking but that will improve.
Sounds like Daniher 5 years ago, his kicking didn't improve.

Hopefully Naughton works on his better than Joey has so far.
 

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conrad_437

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Scary to think he's not even their best young forward
Jamarra is certainly a more gifted forward, in terms of nous and goal kicking ability, but Naughton’s hands are stickier from what I’ve seen. Also has this sort of desperation when the ball is contested that I’ve never seen before. Attacks the ball in the air and on the ground with such speed and determination, even when he looks like he isn’t gonna get there, he makes sure it’s a contest.

Remains to be seen what Jamarra will do at this level. If he follows a similar trajectory as Naughton then the Dogs forward line will be ridiculous for the next 10 years (adding in English as well)
 

Outback Footy

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Why do all these new gen forwards cant kick straight? Back in the day every forward was a dead eye cos it was their job…
Maybe coz back in the day forwards stayed put, didnt chase defensively and werent tired when they did get a set shot. Naughton is a gun defensively, chases and runs all day, and still has 29 goals 26 so far this season. His kickings hardly at Casboult levels :)
He had an off night with the boots sunday (1 goal 6), but didnt grubby Greene kick 1-6 or 7 a couple weeks back? It happens, move on and dont blow Astros kicking out of proportion.
 

Dancing Dougy

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Thanks for the reminder, I can skip passed your remarkable insights.

Naughton is a freak. Zero care for his own well being, sees the ball, gets the ball, which ever way required. Has shown on occasion that he owns kicking boots, just needs to wear them more often. Dogs best forward prospect since Grant, Beasley and Templeton.

Like Jamarra and Bont, you just want to watch him. Will attract the next generation of supporters.
 

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I can’t believe this guy doesn’t have his own thread! He deserves his own thread.

This kid is something special! I don’t think there is a better player in the league at marking the high ball and attacking it as he does. Yes he needs to get some specialist training on his goal kicking but that will improve.

At 19 years old, he led the competition in contested marks. Last year he had a shocking interrupted injury season. At 21, he is again leading the competition with marks inside 50 and contested marks.

Bulldog fans have waited for someone like this since the Chris Grant,Beasley, Templeton days.

This kid has a leap like Modra, courage like J.Brown and hands like Stewart Lowe. Problem is he kicks like Levi Casboult.

If he can get his kicking up to above average, he will be the best forward of the next decade.
Zeros is straight up fun to watch, however that cica 1986 Dermie Do mullet is messing with his ball drop
 

Donakebab

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Last time old mate created a player thread on the main board.


Welcome to Essendon Aaron!
 

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