- Oct 26, 2012
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
I agree. While there are some old branches sticking out, and we haven't finished the pruning job, we should look at the number debuting and not the average age. Also, because of our past sins, I think you will find that the 'games played' stat aligns a lot better than the average age stat when looking at indicators/markers for list assessment.I am surprised how many people are still arguing that because our "average age" is still relatively high compared to other teams in the competition, we are not playing enough young players.
Personally, I think the average age statistic is irrelevant. Last year we were significantly the oldest team in the comp. While a lot of the older players departed, we still have quite a few on the list, and we know that by next year a number of them will depart as well.
The list regeneration was always going to be a multiple year cycle. This year is only phase one. The numbers do not look great compared to other teams, but internally, we have made significant inroads this year and we will again this coming off-season.
Good changes for mine. Really looking forward to seeing Nielson in action and Jy back in the seniors. Would have liked us to unleash the Zurhaar but still a nice reward for effort and will push him to work even harder at VFL level knowing he is closer to an AFL debut.