Biggest waste of talent in the AFL?

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Elton Johns Wig

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Steven Motlop with a bullet. Could have been Cyril Rioli esque had he actually given a crap on a consistent basis. Such a waste
Played out of position through a needs basis while at Geelong I reckon. If they'd plonked him in the F50, his goal sense and acceleration would have been massive
Agree, but I still think his attitude dropping off a cliff and him caring more about his music career/coming back unfit after pre-seasons, was also a huge reason why he never reached that upper echelon
Drowned in his own honey Mots....drowned in his own honey.

Thanks Dwayne.
 

Mofra

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Guy O'Keefe.

Who you ask? Exactly. Regularly killed it in the VFL, never debuted because (allegedly) Johnno caught him offering pills to teammates and bailed him up. Delisted, played SANFL, got done for dealing in his late 20s.
 

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owen87

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He was very good in 16-17, but hardly good enough for his wage and being a #1 pick. Two seasons doesn't make a career.
Doesn't help being an outside player in a sh*t side for most of your career.

If he'd gone to say Hawthorn or Geelong when he was drafted, he'd have had a much better looking career.
 

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Doesn't help being an outside player in a sh*t side for most of your career.

If he'd gone to say Hawthorn or Geelong when he was drafted, he'd have had a much better looking career.
Agreed, playing for Melb certainly hurt him.

I guess the best players dominate in crap teams too!

I also consider Patton and Boyd a waste.
 

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Bennell and honestly it's not even remotely close. When he wasn't an utter muppet that had off field issues and whatever injury you can come up with...the bloke looked the next superstar. Still remember the 30 possession 4 goal game he had. Unfortunately a lot of things have held him back.
The thing about him that is just bewildering is all that work he put in to resurrect his career at Melbourne and he threw it all away so quickly with one stupid act.
 

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The thing about him that is just bewildering is all that work he put in to resurrect his career at Melbourne and he threw it all away so quickly with one stupid act.
Bennell's track record suggests that's well within character. Seems like a guy that can't control himself when he gets in to certain situations. Had all the talent to be a genuine superstar though.
 

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Bennell's track record suggests that's well within character. Seems like a guy that can't control himself when he gets in to certain situations. Had all the talent to be a genuine superstar though.
Some people just can't handle their piss.
Good intentions but then lose all inhibitions on the turps. Probably would have been a superstar in the 80s.
 

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Wingard is a 2x AA, B&F winner and kicked 262 goals from 178 games

May not have seen either live up to their full potential (yet) but they have delivered far too much to be among the biggest wasted talents.
Wingard did all that early so he absolutely qualifies for this.
 

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