Fremantle made a huge mistake by not taking Mitch Clark

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Melbourne traded pick 12 for Clark. And offered big dollars.

Fremantle had pick 16. Should they have given up 16 and 20 to pay 'fair value' compared to 12?

I thought Clark played well today but in reality he's kicked a few nice but ultimately meaningless goals in 5 Melbourne losses. Melbourne's forward structure is still awful, and Melbourne are still playing awful football.

Fremantle are (rightly) looking at available key forwards to address the major deficiency in their side. Clark's a good ruckman/forward but he's not a CHF to build a side around - something Melbourne specialise at paying top dollar for.

That's hardly Clark's fault is it?

He's doing his job, not his fault that few other Demons are doing theirs.
 
Fremantle could have got Clark with pick 16 and at a fair price, if they offered that initially. Clark is on big $ at Melbourne because:

A. We had to pay overs to lure him away from where he wanted to go
B. We have a shitload of cap room and are paying most of his contract this year


People are missing the point. Fremantle could have traded for Clark with pick 16 and paid him 300k a year. They didn't because they tried to play hardball with Brisbane. They failed immensely.

If people think Clark isn't a key forward, then your football knowledge is severely lacking. Big body, contests, competes, takes big marks, kicks goals, roves beautifully for a 200cm player.
 

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That's hardly Clark's fault is it?

He's doing his job, not his fault that few other Demons are doing theirs.

If you recruit an experienced key forward you expect them to influence your structure. Melbourne look like the same ordinary team from 2011 with Clark kicking goals instead of Jurrah or Green.

Anyway Clark is at Melbourne because Melbourne offered him the most money.

He wanted to go home to Perth and negotiations between Freo and Brisbane (since WC weren't interested) over what is a fair price weren't really his concern. He changed his mind because the money meant more than where he was playing and Brisbane said fair enough because 12 is better than 16 or 20 and they don't care how much his new club wants to pay him.
 
You clearly didn't follow the trade closely. Melbourne ONLY had an opportunity to offer Clark a contract because talks had broken down between Fremantle and Brisbane. Fremantle thought Clark only would want to go there so offered a second round pick (when he is clearly worth a first) with the view that if Brisbane didn't like it, Clark would walk to Fremantle for free. It backfired immensely. If Fremantle offered a fair deal Clark would have been a Docker on the first day of trade week.

Clark has been an A grade forward so far this season, no doubts about it.
Oh, I stand corrected

I guess Fremantle believed Clark when he said he wished to return home to his family and friends and that he wasn't simply being mercenary.
 
Anyway...

What's the point of paying so much for a player who spearheads your club to a 0-6 start to the season ?

Wouldn't it be smarter to recruit someone who will peak in 2014 or 2015 when the Demons may be finally ready to play finals?
 
I guess Fremantle believed Clark when he said he wished to return home to his family and friends and that he wasn't simply being mercenary.

Clark's family urged him to take the money, and he didn't want to screw over Brisbane. He also has his brother in Melbourne.

@ Scotland - we all know you are a serial Melbourne troll, but seriously? He hasn't changed Melbourne's structure? Melbourne's structure and gameplan is completely different from round 22 last year. Clark has been a great focal point - Jurrah never had the presence that Clark does and is more of an opportunistic forward.




Just a massive error by Fremantle.
 
Mitch Clark - yet to sing the Grand Old Flag.
 
Clark is playing well, Melbourne are happy with him, Brisbane didn't lose out and Freo have plenty of room in the salary cap to keep looking. How is this anything but a win win situation?

I know it'll be seen as denial because of my Freo tag but I still dont think Clark was the player we need, now if we can get Lyon's to give Silvagni a try until Cloke gets here :)
 

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I agree. Harvey was keen but Lyon wasn't. Freo's midfield is better as well so he would've got better service as a forward at Freo. Plus he likes to push up the field which is better suited at Subi, being a larger ground.

Freo fans would be hoping Zac Clarke can be better than Mitch, which is a strong possibility.
 
Mitch Clark - yet to sing the Grand Old Flag.

Not his fault, and even then, it's completely irrelevant.

Any chance to have a crack at Melbourne, hey?
 
@ Scotland - we all know you are a serial Melbourne troll, but seriously? He hasn't changed Melbourne's structure? Melbourne's structure and gameplan is completely different from round 22 last year. Clark has been a great focal point - Jurrah never had the presence that Clark does and is more of an opportunistic forward.

Just a massive error by Fremantle.

OK, I stand corrected. You're winless from 6 starts against mostly mediocre opposition, and compared to Rd 22 last year have a percentage 25% less and are scoring 20 points less per game on average. New structure and gameplan is obviously working well. Props to Clark.

Massive error by Fremantle? Time will tell. As historically "LULZ"-worthy as Fremantle have been, I'll back their recruiting department over yours.
 
OK, I stand corrected. You're winless from 6 starts against mostly mediocre opposition, and compared to Rd 22 last year have a percentage 25% less and are scoring 20 points less per game on average. New structure and gameplan is obviously working well. Props to Clark.

Massive error by Fremantle? Time will tell. As historically "LULZ"-worthy as Fremantle have been, I'll back their recruiting department over yours.

Sorry, what does any of this have to do with Clark's great performances so far this year and the fact Fremantle have no key forwards?

Stop going off topic thanks.
 
Sorry, what does any of this have to do with Clark's great performances so far this year and the fact Fremantle have no key forwards?

Stop going off topic thanks.

The 'great performances' of Mitch Clark haven't helped Melbourne one iota.

If you're going to make claims that your structure and gamplan are totally different to last year and Clark has been a great focal point you're going to have to suck it up when it's pointed out to you that you're actually worse than you were last year.

Given Melbourne's latest messiah has not improved their side (in fact they've gotten worse) how would be be the answer to Freo's woes?
 
The 'great performances' of Mitch Clark haven't helped Melbourne one iota.

If you're going to make claims that your structure and gamplan are totally different to last year and Clark has been a great focal point you're going to have to suck it up when it's pointed out to you that you're actually worse than you were last year.

Given Melbourne's latest messiah has not improved their side (in fact they've gotten worse) how would be be the answer to Freo's woes?
Considering you followed West Coast through 2010 i'm sure you should realise that new structrues and gamplans take time to implement and be effective. Melbourne in the last few weeks have been much better than the first 3 weeks of the season.

Last time I will reply to your off topic trolling. :thumbsu:
 
It's obvious that Melbourne jumped the gun. They paid way over the odds for a player their team cannot utilize properly yet.
 
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