Recommitted Hayden McLean [re-signed for two years]

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Lore

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Tall-forward McLean, 22, has signed on for at least the next two seasons.

McLean joined the Swans as a supplemental selection in the preseason of 2019 and has since played 22 senior games.

McLean showed strong form in the Swans forward line late in 2021, ultimately earning a place in the elimination final team where he was one of nine players aged 22 and under to line up for the Swans.

He booted 11 goals in 12 games in 2021, while also providing support in the ruck.

 

Taylor

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OP by the Ziebull:

Fresh off 4 goals the big Victorian born swan is out of contract and could be a cheap pick up option for teams needing a forward who can also ruck

Has been filling in for Reid and buddy but Logan McDonald also waiting in the wings

Will be interesting to see how many games he gets this year and if he decides to go home
 
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BennyGan

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Torched the cats earlier in the year. His contested marking was so good. Would be a great pick up for plenty of teams if swans are forced to let him go.
 

Bollox

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Plenty will be making enquiries. His training wheels are off and he stepped up this year when played. Showed he is well and truly AFL standard KPP. Leads to good areas, clunks his marks, and can kick straight.
McLean has earnt starting 22, even with Bud playing. Upside is obvious to any that have watched him this season.
No idea how we hold them all.
 

SSwans2011

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Into him big time to partner Marshall after Ryder retires - Would be a good combo but both are more fwd then ruck IMO
It's a tough one with McLean, structure-wise. Because of his limitations, you probably want him playing as a second ruck, but he's not really big enough to be a second ruck, and will probably get smashed by more versatile ruckmen. sh*t, we even had Blakey playing second ruck when they were both in the same side. IMO that combimation would only really work if Marshall was spending about 90% time in the ruck.
 

HTPunter

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It's a tough one with McLean, structure-wise. Because of his limitations, you probably want him playing as a second ruck, but he's not really big enough to be a second ruck, and will probably get smashed by more versatile ruckmen. sh*t, we even had Blakey playing second ruck when they were both in the same side. IMO that combimation would only really work if Marshall was spending about 90% time in the ruck.
If the Saints were to get him though, making their ruck combo Marshall/McLean, you're really only looking at Dees (Jackson), Pies (Cameron) and guess Port (Ladhams) as having a genuinely better 2nd ruck.

The likes of Silvagni, Young, Frampton, Campbell/Xerri, Day etc aren't that much better than McLean.
 

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eth-dog

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If the Saints were to get him though, making their ruck combo Marshall/McLean, you're really only looking at Dees (Jackson), Pies (Cameron) and guess Port (Ladhams) as having a genuinely better 2nd ruck.

The likes of Silvagni, Young, Frampton, Campbell/Xerri, Day etc aren't that much better than McLean.
Peter Wright is a better ruck than McLean.
 

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Is there any other teams?
He looked like he hurt his knee in the Swans finals loss; any word on the seriousness of the injury?

I haven't heard anything and it looked like it could have been serious at the time.
 

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He looked like he hurt his knee in the Swans finals loss; any word on the seriousness of the injury?

I haven't heard anything and it looked like it could have been serious at the time.
Nah he's fine.
We just put him in cottonwool before he has his breakout season in 2022.
We expect him to become one of the best marking forwards/ relief ruckmen in the comp.
Early second rounder should get it done!
 

FreeAgent1

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Nah he's fine.
We just put him in cottonwool before he has his breakout season in 2022.
We expect him to become one of the best marking forwards/ relief ruckmen in the comp.
Early second rounder should get it done!
Lets do a quick check on the Saints as trading partners:
- Zac Jones = pick 36
- T Membery = zero

Classic small club syndrome that needs to "win" trade periods and not games. Wont offer anything useful.
 

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Lets do a quick check on the Saints as trading partners:
- Zac Jones = pick 36
- T Membery = zero

Classic small club syndrome that needs to "win" trade periods and not games. Wont offer anything useful.
Would be better off sending him to the preseason draft, if they don’t pay near fair value.
 

mad-saint-guy

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I'd be happy to take him cheaply but he would very much just be backup for Marshall. We need a more genuine ruck to fill in for Ryder when he needs to be rested and then take over the starting ruck role in 2023.

I've liked McLean since he was at Sandy and was disappointed that we didn't take him back then. Would've been much more useful this year than McKernan or Hunter.
 

diddley1984

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Lets do a quick check on the Saints as trading partners:
- Zac Jones = pick 36
- T Membery = zero

Classic small club syndrome that needs to "win" trade periods and not games. Wont offer anything useful.
You have conveniently forgotten about the Hannerbury trade in the middle there.
I think that tips the scales back your way there. Even if the trade cost wasn’t high, it was still a win for you.
 

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Lets do a quick check on the Saints as trading partners:
- Zac Jones = pick 36
- T Membery = zero

Classic small club syndrome that needs to "win" trade periods and not games. Wont offer anything useful.
I don’t think anyone else in the history of trading would consider StK is a club that needs to win trade period.

Its a weird take but there you go.

Don’t forget that before your mob became so big & powerful (thanks to AFL $) your arse was hanging out of your pants so badly you had to be relocated.


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