- Oct 9, 2004
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
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- Port Adelaide
Glad we saved some money on Polly and Chad..will need it for these kids in coming years I reckonIt just occurred to me that if Boak wasn't having a Brownlow level year, Houston would probably be leading the B&F. Has to be the most underrated player in the AFL at this point.
Just as relevant in this thread.Good work Andrew Capel. Good to see Dan Houston getting some recognition as an elite skill midfielder. Houston has the ability to get the ball and deliver it which is some thing our midfield has lacked since the days of Shaun Burgoyne.
“I think he went at 90 per cent efficiency — that’s what we are looking for in our midfield and have been trying to build towards,” Hinkley said after Port stayed in the finals hunt by upsetting Essendon by 59 points at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
I am not sure that Dan's elevation to and success in the midfield is such a shock though as Dan has always had the attributes to make a midfielder it was just a case of the Coach realising it.
Dont get that ... at 185cm/83kg's he is on par with 50% of the A-grade midfielders out there. And Burton at 191cm/90kgs, can become anything! I definitely want those two as as our focal mids driving the ball out of the center in years to come! With players like Amon, and in future Rozee and Duursma to run through the middle, we potentially have a killer midfield group in future years.While I agree that Houston has been bloody impressive on ball, he's still a support midfielder and I don't think we'd be able to play both him and Burton on ball at the same time.
His lack of height/strength/speed means he liable to being torn apart in contests. However, being supported by guys like Wines/Rockliff/SPP etc. who can do the grunt work gives Houston much more freedom to use his skills on the outside.