Norm Smith Medallist
- Aug 18, 2006
- AFL Club
- West Coast
- Other Teams
- Arsenal, Cavs, West Perth
I don't think Brander is being talked about as a wingman because that's what we necessarily want him to be, it's because that's where he's showing the most promise.The Brander talk gives me a chuckle, because it's a classic West coast scenario when it comes to midfielders:
-lets draft a halfback, and makes him a midfielder!
-lets draft a small forward, and make him a midfielder!
And in Branders case
-let's draft a key position player and make him a midfielder!
Here's a crazy thought: how about we develop Brander as a forward where he has always played and make him the successor to Josh Kennedy. And then we can draft a midfielder, and (drumroll).......actually play him in the midfield.
We nail our key position guys, but by God for the last few years we suck at drafting and developing on ballers. Particularly when we try to play them out of position at half forward
He's not a player who has showed that he can be a pack crashing, contested mark taking, goal kicking key forward. Allen, Williams and even Waterman seem to have him covered in those departments.
His best assets appear to be his field kicking, running ability, poise in traffic and ability below his knees for someone his size. So it's hardly surprising that 1) they play him up the ground and 2) he plays well there.
From what I've seen of Brander, he's never going to be a Kennedy replacement. That's just not his game - he isn't aggressive or physical enough to play that role in the same way that Jack Watts isn't. I think he could be a great high half forward, tall wingman or intercept defender, but a spearhead full forward he is not.