- Jun 29, 2013
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
Richards best role is as a small defender. And with the talent and depth of small to mid defenders we have (Daniel, Crozier, Williams, JJ, Duryea) he's simply not going to get a game in that role. So he's forced elsewhere.
He's actually made no progression since his debut year.
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I agree we need more speed. But we need players with speed that actually contribute and warrant their selection. Richards right now doesn't do both.
And no theirs no stipulation that he would land us a good ruck. But i'd certainly use him in a trade if it did allow us to grab a good first ruck or a really good small forward. Both of which we desperately need.
I think many would suggest Richards should be off a HB before JJ a present and let the kick develop into that role.
If we were laden with speed then I might think trading him for a needs player is a smart idea but at 21 I personally have seen enough in him to keep him.
He stays before Lynch, Dale, Smith, Jong, Lloyd, Gowers, Schache, Dickson, Suckling, and evening Lipinski for mine so he is pretty safe