Opinion Hamish Hartlett - What now?

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Arsene Wenger

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Problem with Hartlett now was laid to bare sat night. So Burton goes off, sure its not an ideal replacement as a matchup for Charlie Cameron, but the fact that Hartlett wasnt sent to his is a bit of a worry. It makes you wonder what does he offer anymore. He not super quick, his kick is big but misses targets. He tries the faux tough guy stuff to compensate. I still think he plays some games here and there, but hes not first choice, and he needs to pay for poor form this week i think + be dropped to the magoos.
 

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RobbieGray17

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Problem with Hartlett now was laid to bare sat night. So Burton goes off, sure its not an ideal replacement as a matchup for Charlie Cameron, but the fact that Hartlett wasnt sent to his is a bit of a worry. It makes you wonder what does he offer anymore. He not super quick, his kick is big but misses targets. He tries the faux tough guy stuff to compensate. I still think he plays some games here and there, but hes not first choice, and he needs to pay for poor form this week i think + be dropped to the magoos.
He's got no finesse. He always seems rushed and panics with the footy.
 

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Yeah see that's not my understanding at all. In fact I was under the impression it was the exact opposite and he was told to go looking by the club. Against his wishes. Got an interview with Essendon I thought

Someone more in the know than me might be able to clarify.

Yeah, Hamish loves the club and never wanted to leave at any stage.

I understand the frustration people have with the guy right now, but let's not make things up.
 

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Yeah, Hamish loves the club and never wanted to leave at any stage.

I understand the frustration people have with the guy right now, but let's not make things up.

Wasn't the story that he had an interview with Essendon and let it be known that he wasn't interested in moving clubs. I'm pretty certain that was Hartlett.
 

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Wasn't the story that he had an interview with Essendon and let it be known that he wasn't interested in moving clubs. I'm pretty certain that was Hartlett.

I think it all stsrted with Melbourne radio suggesting a couple of Melbourne clubs were interested followed by the club suggesting he was free to go look at his options.
It ended with Hinkley giving Hartlett some "home truths" over a game of golf and Hartlett staying. Something like that. But at no stage did Hartlett want to leave.
 

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DustyWrap

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Let's not death ride his downfall as a footballer. Let the year play out and see where he lands. if this is his last year, I want him to go out and leave nothing on the table. If he's not up to scratch, he moves on to a media gig on triple M or something. He knows its probably his last year, if it is, we should be celebrating him. Go Hammer
 

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He tries the faux tough guy stuff to compensate.
Hartlett is as brave as they come these days. I've seen him go hard at contests without a second thought, stand in front of leading forwards etc etc.
I don't see any faux tough guy stuff from him.

Still think he had a great season last season, and apart from a horror half against West Coast and a horror half against one other team recently, he's been pretty solid. Yes, he has made mistakes - but so has everyone else. It's just confirmation bias when he does it.

I do think Lachie Jones will replace him eventually, whether that be later this year or next year is anyones bet - but especially with our current injury list, he probably stays in.

Side note, did they ever show what exactly happened to reverse that free kick?
 

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We quickly found out that Travis Boak isn't a forward flanker. What's Hartlett's excuse?
Perhaps the prob lies in the failure to recognise that players shouldnt come back into the firsts after an interrupted pre season. He hasnt been up to par from his return and should have been allowed to find form and fitness in the ressies. He is a classic confidence player and the blame falls with selection committee.
 

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Perhaps the prob lies in the failure to recognise that players shouldnt come back into the firsts after an interrupted pre season. He hasnt been up to par from his return and should have been allowed to find form and fitness in the ressies. He is a classic confidence player and the blame falls with selection committee.
Yea, 150+ game players "finding form in the ressies" is a complete myth these days - the gap between SANFL and AFL is far too great.
 

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Hartlett is as brave as they come these days. I've seen him go hard at contests without a second thought, stand in front of leading forwards etc etc.
I don't see any faux tough guy stuff from him.

Still think he had a great season last season, and apart from a horror half against West Coast and a horror half against one other team recently, he's been pretty solid. Yes, he has made mistakes - but so has everyone else. It's just confirmation bias when he does it.

I do think Lachie Jones will replace him eventually, whether that be later this year or next year is anyones bet - but especially with our current injury list, he probably stays in.

Side note, did they ever show what exactly happened to reverse that free kick?
Hartlett faux tough guy act reversed the free kick. He went up stupidly to Robinson and knocked him over. Pure stupidity.

I have been a big fam of hammer. I have loved what he's brought to the club in terms of passion, commitment and hardness. My point now is that, he is wanting for pace and he seems to be looking to try and continue to add something to the team by way of overdoing it in terms of physicality. Anyway, i hope i am wrong, but i think hes very much on the edge of the side right now.
 

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