- Jan 13, 2006
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
The myth of the great nose dive from the cliff has been well and truly debunked. Since the premiership Scott took us to in 2011 we have churned over an entire list besides a small fraction of them in 2020, Taylor selwood Hawkins Duncan ( sub in grand final. 19 years old) are the only four from that side left, and Duncan was only a 19 year old pup, and selwood taking a back seat also most of the year.You have to remember that while there are obviously issues with older players, Both Higgins and Smith were cheap and didn't cost us any talent. If they didn't play anymore games you would probably call it a good trade already thanks partially to their influence in the two tight wins. If we get quality ball out of them, awesome. If they get injured then that's the breaks. We don't expect 100 games out of them, just a season or two while Hawk is still a force. JC is a different story, he was expensive and needs to get on the field and contribute asap.
yet we managed to make a grand final with 18 fresh new faces brought in from organic growth (draft), trading and free agency, to be able to make a grand final.
the nose dive which was well obsessed by some pessimistic fans turned out to be simply not true.
it goes to show that you always need to attack the draft, trade, and free agency equally and optimize all avenues to have a good team.