Strategy Free agent recruitment

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Shinboner1

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 13, 2020
8,867
16,735
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Daniel and Dale off the board too guys
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Nov 14, 2010
41,172
45,286
AFL Club
North Melbourne
All that’s left for free agents of note are

Alex Pearce
JDG
Jake Lloyd
Dan McStay
Angus Brayshaw
 

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Sep 21, 2004
46,347
52,434
AFL Club
GWS
lol.

We only have a shot at delisted FAs.

At this rate, I doubt Kayne Turner would sign with us if we delisted him.
 

Its a Process

All Australian
Mar 28, 2011
823
2,788
Nsw
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Angus Brayshaw (make him VC)
Ryan Lester (help out defence)
A Pearce (KPD)
Liam Shiels (teach the kids how to 2 way run and bolster up the VFL)
 

Ardent Roo

All Australian
May 9, 2011
656
1,291
1st & Goal
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Auburn Tigers - War Eagle!
Do we remember how we only got guys on the back end of their careers when we were challenging?
This.

Free Agency was sought after by the players. Why did the players want it - to have more freedom to move clubs and chase on-field success, and potentially make some more money along the way if that was also something that they were driven by.

Quality FAs just aren't coming to a team with such an uncertain future on field that the best talent is putting contract talks on hold.
 
Jun 9, 2001
37,420
143,688
Fogarty Street
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
St Johnstone
Do we remember how we only got guys on the back end of their careers when we were challenging?

There are 2 clubs I'm aware of who tried to create salary cap reserves to enable a warchest driven strategy - us and St Kilda.

Ours went right back to a pursuit of Boak and Treloar in the early 2010s.

In neither case has the approach proven the panacea to anything. Neither club landed the "big fish" and both appeared to have neglected building quality sides of youth first during those periods.

Players are clearly opting or being advised to only head to clubs that present some kind of team success (maybe for the higher profile and opportunities those things offer over and above the pursuit of team success itself) ahead of an immediate payday. If it was otherwise both us and the saints would've been landing quality FAs left, right and centre during those periods.

The only player who bucked the trend for us was Polec and we've seen the fruits of that little experiment.
 

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