Player Watch Ben Crocker

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nahnah

Brownlow Medallist
Sep 26, 2012
21,200
28,116
AFL Club
Collingwood
Probably the worst 1v1 player I have ever seen play for our club but good on him for getting to another club as he obviously trains hard, says a lot when a player more talented like Murray doesn't get picked up
 

Thedivided

Senior List
Oct 15, 2018
238
359
AFL Club
Collingwood
Probably the worst 1v1 player I have ever seen play for our club but good on him for getting to another club as he obviously trains hard, says a lot when a player more talented like Murray doesn't get picked up
Besides playing on at every opportunity Murray wasn't really that talented really, terrible disposal and not a damn given about being an afl footballer. Give me 100 crocks before 1 Murray good luck to the lad.
 

Baltimore Jack

Brownlow Medallist
Jan 12, 2011
17,869
21,017
AFL Club
Collingwood
Murray was easily the more talented player.. he pissed an AFL career away
Tom Browne lamenting that Sam Murray didn't get picked up

I tweeted him that if any AFL player goes out during mid week and hits the Coke, then that is a sure sign to recruiters that this guy might not think Footy is all that important....no response from Tom
 

partypie

Premiership Player
Nov 26, 2013
3,460
3,362
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Chicago Bulls, Green Bay Packers
Given the culture vacuum at the Crows getting in a really solid citizen on the track and off-field makes a lot of sense.

Let's hope he can make more of the opportunity than that - you can be sure he'll leave everything out there on the field and won't hold anything back irrespective of how it pans out in the end.
 

partypie

Premiership Player
Nov 26, 2013
3,460
3,362
AFL Club
Collingwood
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Tom Browne lamenting that Sam Murray didn't get picked up

I tweeted him that if any AFL player goes out during mid week and hits the Coke, then that is a sure sign to recruiters that this guy might not think Footy is all that important....no response from Tom
What really got him in the end was living the party lifestyle while he was out with the ban and showing up in poor shape when he did reappear - doesn't really speak of someone desperate to make amends and do it right this time when that's how you put yourself out there.

He still might make it onto a list as an SSP pick, but he's going to have to bust his arse and keep the off field stuff 100% locked down to even be looked at from here.
 

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Crow till I die

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 6, 2017
7,096
7,042
AFL Club
Adelaide
Hi pies fans. Just looking at your comments there seems to be lots of positive comments about Crocker - i know very very little of him. What was the reason he was let go and what can we expect from him - is he likely depth or does he have the ability to push for first team and was he just denied game time behind your better mids?
 

Fratbrat

Team Captain
Nov 8, 2019
304
317
AFL Club
Collingwood
Hi pies fans. Just looking at your comments there seems to be lots of positive comments about Crocker - i know very very little of him. What was the reason he was let go and what can we expect from him - is he likely depth or does he have the ability to push for first team and was he just denied game time behind your better mids?
Play him on a wing, he's not a forward.
 

Kappa

Brownlow Medallist
Oct 7, 2014
17,341
20,485
AFL Club
Collingwood
Hi pies fans. Just looking at your comments there seems to be lots of positive comments about Crocker - i know very very little of him. What was the reason he was let go and what can we expect from him - is he likely depth or does he have the ability to push for first team and was he just denied game time behind your better mids?
He is a carer for his dad who has early on set alzeihmers, by all reports a super good kid and very popular at the club.

The knocks on him are he just has no afl relevant weapons. His skills are okay, he isn't particularly tall or fast. Has good endurance and gives 100% though, while also has good leadership.
 

Jen2310

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 21, 2018
5,079
6,633
Melbourne
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Gold Coast Suns
Hi pies fans. Just looking at your comments there seems to be lots of positive comments about Crocker - i know very very little of him. What was the reason he was let go and what can we expect from him - is he likely depth or does he have the ability to push for first team and was he just denied game time behind your better mids?
He will be one who everyone loves. Brings the fun and humour to a group. You’ll adore him. Great bloke who is dealing with a bad family situation.

Works the hardest. If played in the right position he could slot into the seniors. Knows where the goals are. He only needs opportunities to grow and get better.


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Tarkyn_24

Hall of Famer
Dec 23, 2006
31,828
29,209
AFL Club
Collingwood
Hi pies fans. Just looking at your comments there seems to be lots of positive comments about Crocker - i know very very little of him. What was the reason he was let go and what can we expect from him - is he likely depth or does he have the ability to push for first team and was he just denied game time behind your better mids?
He’s a small/medium forward without any real weapons. Played okay on a wing at VFL level but still behind the likes of Aish/Mayne/Phillips not to mention players with silk like Sidebottom. Played a few games this year and was a role player only, suspect one on one which was evidenced in the match against the Eagles at Optus where he made some critical errors. I’d describe him as a poor Brent Macaffer.

Very good trainer, fantastic on the track and seems to be one of those guys that can make a group more cohesive though.
 

didaksrightfoot

Premiership Player
Sep 12, 2013
4,902
5,551
AFL Club
Collingwood
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SA Spurs, Juventus
Hi pies fans. Just looking at your comments there seems to be lots of positive comments about Crocker - i know very very little of him. What was the reason he was let go and what can we expect from him - is he likely depth or does he have the ability to push for first team and was he just denied game time behind your better mids?
He's a good fringe HFF-type player. Skill-wise he's pretty decent across the board, but not really one single area that stands out as clearly best-22 quality. Does seem to have a very good head on his shoulders, and is apparently well liked and respected by his coaches and teammates.

On the face of it, you would say that he's no more than a depth player who might rotate into the squad for a few games a year when needed and be adequate - but very occasionally guys like this can really step up and cement a spot.

I think the majority of Pies fans will be happy he's got another chance. (Whilst also understanding why he was delisted)
 

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