News Chol and Soldo sign on for 2 more

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Nank’s injury has been a blessing in terms of opportunity and development. Coming into the season I would of said we were f’ed if Nankervis got injured. I was pretty sure Soldo would get slaughtered and Chol would never get a game.

CCJ looked to have more talent but just showed how far he was off being ready. Incomparison to Chol and Soldo, who while showing inexperience, looked ready to compete physically.


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I can see there being some interest in our ruck stocks the trade market in a year or two (potentially even this year), so it's good to lock them up for now and let them really develop.

I doubt we'll keep them all long term (sentiment aside, it'd just be poor list management for us, and they'll all be wanting AFL games), so hopefully we'll be looking at so good value picks coming in.
 

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I can see there being some interest in our ruck stocks the trade market in a year or two (potentially even this year), so it's good to lock them up for now and let them really develop.

I doubt we'll keep them all long term (sentiment aside, it'd just be poor list management for us, and they'll all be wanting AFL games), so hopefully we'll be looking at so good value picks coming in.
If Soldo plays well in finals I think we could be fielding a lot of offers. I think clubs would be sniffing already, media as usual are too blind to see the obvious.


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If Soldo plays well in finals I think we could be fielding a lot of offers. I think clubs would be sniffing already, media as usual are too blind to see the obvious.
Definitely possible, but I think holding them for another year or two will add to their value, so unless someone comes in with a ridiculous offer, we should just smile, thank them for their interest and send them on their way.
 

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You would imagine one of Nank or Soldo will look to move on at the end of next year if either spends the majority of the year in the 2s. I can't imagine a scenario where both can play in the same team, especially with Chol and Balta able to play versatile roles with a chop out in the ruck.

With CCJ in the wings and likely to be more than ready by the end of next year it's hard to see us retaining both of the established pure ruckmen.
 

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Nank’s injury has been a blessing in terms of opportunity and development. Coming into the season I would of said we were f’ed if Nankervis got injured. I was pretty sure Soldo would get slaughtered and Chol would never get a game.

CCJ looked to have more talent but just showed how far he was off being ready. Incomparison to Chol and Soldo, who while showing inexperience, looked ready to compete physically.


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Well i've seen CCJ's game for us when we had our injuries and were desperate for players to make the Team...and i reckon from what I saw...CCJ's as slow as Soldo. All I could see was a lumbering plodder...imo both Grundy and Gawn would run him off his feet...
 

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Well i've seen CCJ's game for us when we had our injuries and were desperate for players to make the Team...and i reckon from what I saw...CCJ's as slow as Soldo. All I could see was a lumbering plodder...imo both Grundy and Gawn would run him off his feet...
20 year old who has to put on 12kg's of muscle by his second year and not yet able to run with it who doubles the possession and mark rate of all our rucks at VFL level. The speed will come, maybe not Grundy like but quicker than Soldo and probably on par with Nank. Hands like buckets.
 

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Well i've seen CCJ's game for us when we had our injuries and were desperate for players to make the Team...and i reckon from what I saw...CCJ's as slow as Soldo. All I could see was a lumbering plodder...imo both Grundy and Gawn would run him off his feet...
CJ debuted as a 19 year old beanpole out of necessity while our first 3 ruck choices were unavailable.

At the same age he's tracking pretty similarly. He has massive potential. He's an elite contested mark, can rack up the touches and depsite being a fair bit shorter than those two he still gets plenty of hitouts, and kicks goals. I really hope he's an untouchable.

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Definitely possible, but I think holding them for another year or two will add to their value, so unless someone comes in with a ridiculous offer, we should just smile, thank them for their interest and send them on their way.
That’s the ideal, but if clubs come sniffing with decent offers we will have to look at it.


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