- May 5, 2016
- AFL Club
People think when you pick so and so ahead of so and so, that you’re saying you don’t rate them or something.Fair point, although again if he keeps going it's closer than you think. For me, based on how much Martin has left in his career it goes Ablett jnr, Ablett snr, Judd, Martin, Franklin, Carey then it becomes more murky (this is best players since mid 90s).
I DO rate Martin - my team was on the end of him in the biggest game of the year - but I just don’t have him in that company at the moment. Fair play to him he stands up repeatedly on the biggest stage and that’s a huge part of creating a legacy. But he’s not the first and won’t be the last to do that. Luke Hodge and Paul Chapman are two finals specialists I can think of straight off the top of my head who did similar things regularly, with the difference that the finals teams they played in probably had a fair bit more eye catching star power than the Tigers which makes it harder to stand out as clearly.
now Martin himself has probably been a better week to week player than Chapman in particular but my point is that the elevation in his game at the big end can only do so much to bridge the gap created in home and away footy.