Unrestricted Free Agent Dyson Heppell

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freddy mercury

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 20, 2009
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Essendon
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Jacksonville
Feel for Dyson, when I supported Essendon he was probably my favourite player. Everytime I catch an Essendon game, he looks so slow and out of his depth, he's never had the speed but he always got by, the games past him.

If it's true, it's just a guess, unless somebody has been told by the club itself, I'd take it if I were him.
 

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Shade

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Jul 14, 2011
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Collingwood
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Looks absolutely done at AFL level not sure why the suns are pursuing him.
 

Foxx

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Jul 18, 2011
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Essendon
He's in good form. Getting plenty of it, using it well. Very dependable down back this year.

I truly do not understand how anyone cant see that.
Oh I get it, he's the whipping boy.
 

Wild Bill

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May 28, 2013
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He's in good form. Getting plenty of it, using it well. Very dependable down back this year.

I truly do not understand how anyone cant see that.
Oh I get it, he's the whipping boy.
Ess offer of 1 year on a reduce salary. It’s not the posters on here making him a whipping boy. The club is.
 

Chaisa

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Jun 2, 2013
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Have the suns learnt nothing from atkins?
It's 2 playing + 2 coaching rather than 4 straight up so it's not an Atkins-tier disaster plus at least Heppell seems a good leader.

Still don't think I would even offer him that though.
 

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Lore

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Dec 14, 2015
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Ess offer of 1 year on a reduce salary. It’s not the posters on here making him a whipping boy. The club is.
He's been a whipping boy for a couple of years now, well before that contract offer 😝 Simultaneously our best leader by a large margin, and somewhere around 15-18th best player on the field, plays positions that are easily replaced with plenty of depth, that are arguably better at the role than he is at least some of the time. He's also one of the oldest players on our list, which makes him a target for the 'play da kidz' brigade (although we don't have that many older players, so on another club's list he wouldn't be quite so close to being the oldest bloke on the list).
 

Wild Bill

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He's been a whipping boy for a couple of years now, well before that contract offer 😝 Simultaneously our best leader by a large margin, and somewhere around 15-18th best player on the field, plays positions that are easily replaced with plenty of depth, that are arguably better at the role than he is at least some of the time. He's also one of the oldest players on our list, which makes him a target for the 'play da kidz' brigade (although we don't have that many older players, so on another club's list he wouldn't be quite so close to being the oldest bloke on the list).
We are in the exact same boat with JZ.
 

Orange Agent

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Oct 12, 2016
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GWS
Essendons lack of defence doesnt do much to help his cause on field. I wouldn't mind someone like him for us next year but a better lock down defender who can general the back half.
 

kreglze

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Sep 28, 2011
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Gold Coast
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Trepidation around this, however, Casboult came up in his later years and has performed well so who knows. With Weller and Budarick pretty much out of action until late next year, there is hole at HB as Dew doesn't seem to trust Markov there anymore. So a 2 year playing deal isn't the worst, gives us a bit more experience as well, all comes down to the deal offered.
 

Libbaaaa

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Jun 1, 2021
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2 year playing is crazy. Is he that highly rated in terms of his footy smarts as well that you whack on the coaching part of it too? Bizarre.
 

rye

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Apr 24, 2022
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2 year playing is crazy. Is he that highly rated in terms of his footy smarts as well that you whack on the coaching part of it too? Bizarre.
will be 31 next year. is it really that crazy to expect him to be capable of playing until he's 33?
 

Wild Bill

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May 28, 2013
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will be 31 next year. is it really that crazy to expect him to be capable of playing until he's 33?
If you look on the ess board most think the game has gone past him and he shouldn’t be an automatic selection.
 

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