Norm Smith Medallist
- Jul 23, 2010
- AFL Club
Please note: this is not anything against Scott. Just a genuine question that has come to my mind.
Why does Scott find it so hard to retire players like Dahl, Higgins and Rohan when in the past he has let players like Chapman, Kelly, Stokes retire (then go to Essendon.) Ottens, Scarlett. Why does he find it so hard now?
Higgins is a lot more cooked then what Scarlett was in 2012.
Ask Wells rather than Scott, that's his role.
As to why Wells has positioned us this way now that way then.
Players tend to stay longer in the AFL now compare to a decade ago, some of that is improvements to sport science, some of that is COVID. A lot less kids get draft these days. In my opinion a data driven approach has probably seeped in, a 30 year old with at least 100 games played who played at least 1 game last year has an median games similar to a pick in the 40s in the draft. So end of year if there is a decision to keep an older player or take pick 70 a the draft. Older player might just get the additional year. The average player of teams fielded at AFL level not just at Geelong is a lot higher.
Our list demographics are way different from back. We had mid career, Selwood and Hawkins, then Dangerfield was lured to the club, renewal without decline became possible. Our 2009 and 2010 draft + Josh Caddy + Motlop were perceived at the time to be quite strong and we were trying to fast track them.
Scarlett, Ottens were offered contracts, Chapman and Bartel were offered contracts but weren't guaranteed selection so chose to leave, some were pushed like Corey and Pods. Johnson, Kelly and Stokes (who had a decline in his final year with us) freed up money for Dangerfield and Co. They were all also out of contract, Higgins and Dahlhaus weren't, Rohan kicked 30 goals last year, and is unimpeachable with his defensive pressure. A perceived deficiency there can end an otherwise productive career.