Toast Dan ******* Houston!

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Still prefer him in defence IMO. Having a guy like Houston doing the in-and-under work is a waste of his kicking skills. I wonder if he goes back to half back when Rocky returns.
His mission should be to receive from wines, Boak, SPP, Rockliff etc.
 

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Houston could be a good midfielder but might be keeping guys like Drew out of the side which i dont really like, to have that option of throwing him into the midfield mix is nice, personally i think DBJ could do that as well as his reading the play and ball control in congestion is very good
 

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If he plays like he did yesterday he might be able to sneak into the AA squad.
Too late to make it into the AA team.
Either way, he's been one of our best players this year, glad to have him.
 

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Dan The Rocket Man Houston is probably our most improved because he's gone from a reliable kicking defender to a midfield and forward weapon. Tim Ginever called him the new Roger James pre- Essendon game and his skills around the ball support Timmy. His forward play was constructive and clever, that lead between the tall targets was so sexy. Much more Apollo 11 than 13. The Eagle has landed.
 

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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.
Just as relevant in this thread.

It is amazing how the non Port supporting media suddenly experience a revelation from the heavens re our players. Most Port supporters have appreciated Dan Houston's disposal and his ability to get the football since his debut year. For some of us a move to the midfield was always on the cards, given the profusion of half backs on our list. It just took the Coach some time to realise what a gem he has on his hands.

I would pass comment on Ken's statement but given last Saturday's triumph I have decided to self impose a 'No Ken Bagging' moratorium until the next team selection.
 

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I said back in April, on page 3 of this thread, that we have to get Dan closer to goal so he can improve our goal kicking conversion and that it might not happen until a lot later this season or maybe next season.

I talked about him playing in the midfield and as forward for part of the game. Get his kicking ability closer to goal to hit blokes on the lead as well as have shots on goal himself.

A few people wet their pants and said leave him where he is don't rock the boat. My counter argument was the game is about who has the best stats on the scoreboard, not the best intercept stats and kicking accuracy stats from the backline.

I was thinking Houston on the wing, but he has been fantastic in the middle, on the ball the last 6 or 8 games.

Saturday was a perfect example of what I wanted to see from Dan. Passes it to people inside our 50 and gets far forward enough to kick 2 goals.

First time in his AFL career he has kicked 2 goals - despite being drafted as a forward.

Dan has been a shit load better in the guts than I expected him to be. He stays there or on the wing. No HBF seagull position or defensive HBF selections for Dan again.

Timmy G is right that he is the new Roger James. Not as tough as the Orchardist, but just as beautifully skilled. Tredders has always talked about loving it when Roger James got the ball, because he knew if he lead, Roger would put it in front of him to run onto, or give him a better than 50/50 chance.

Dunstall talks about Darren Jarman making life easier for him because he would "always" kick it to his advantage.

If you were Dixon, Marshall or any forward, and you saw our mids win the centre clearance, and with the amount of space which the 6-6-6 rule has allowed - who do you want getting the clearance or fed a handball from the clearance? SPP? Wines? Boak? Rockliff? Ebo? or Dan Houston. And its not just for centre clearances.

So lets double up and next year have Houston and Burton regularly in the centre of the ground, especially at centre clearances. Sometimes one or them, sometimes both of them in there, depending on how many mid field bulls the oppo have in there.

That's the future, not our best kicks being wasted at HBF, to deliver beautiful kicks to players who have poor kicks closer to goal but still 50-100m out from goal.
 
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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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