7.78 x Coleman medalist
- May 27, 2018
- Goal Square
- AFL Club
- St Kilda
Does Longer need more ruck coaching or does he need some midfield coaching?
-Longer was also an exceptional basketballer and even took up the martial art of Muay Thai to complement his elite ball skills.
-His excellent year and strong leadership skills were also recognised with the captaincy of the victorious Vic Metro team and selection as the ruckman in the TAC Cup team of the year and the 2011 All-Australian team.
-At one stage he was being talked about as a possible top five selection, so when he drifted to eight, the Lions were happy to snare the big man.
If he had elite ball skills, why don't we see more of them on display? He only averages 8 possessions a game.
If he had strong leadership skills why have these skills not developed enough for him to be part of the leadership group?
If he was talked about as a top five pick why has he not lived up to that potential?
Lethlean, in a recent interview, when asked about Longer's re-signing commented that he needs to work hard, be professional...... The "be professional" comment made my ears prick up. I interpreted that comment as Lethlean saying that Billy was not doing everything possible to get the best out of himself.
Hopefully a strong preseason and the new assistant coaches will help Billy realise his potential because we certainly need him to stand up next year if we want to be relevant again.