Player Watch Jake Soligo

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Mutineer

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Seen a few player comparisons in game style to young Jake over the weekend - Ben Cousins, Sam Mitchell - to name a few. I personally dont see either of those as they seemed to have different weapons with their elite gut running and dual sided footskills

I always find it funny when the player comparison is a Brownlow Medallist or 300 game champion . So with that in mind, the 'gamestyle' I see that lines up best with Soligo is Joel Selwood. Hes not overly fast, or a booming kick or have any initial standout weapons that you see him use as his 1 wood. He just wins contests with his hardness and then uses it so well with class under pressure. He thinks quick, rarely gets out positioned and just looks a winner. There is so much to like.
Ben Cunnington style wise perhaps
 

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Yeah but he's a late pick and still a bit of a long shot, plus we need more than just one, unlikely we will have a 100% strike rate
Late pick yes, but there were reasons for that.
Nankervis missed an email inviting him to the Sandringham Dragons 12 months previous and it was only when he started tearing it up for Bentleigh in the SMJFL that the Dragons once again approached him to join them.
So only 8 NAB League games in the elite Junior pathway...I think it's fair to say if he'd joined them earlier if we wanted him we'd have had to pony up a fair bit more draft collateral.
 

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Late pick yes, but there were reasons for that.
Nankervis missed an email inviting him to the Sandringham Dragons 12 months previous and it was only when he started tearing it up for Bentleigh in the SMJFL that the Dragons once again approached him to join them.
So only 8 NAB League games in the elite Junior pathway...I think it's fair to say if he'd joined them earlier if we wanted him we'd have had to pony up a fair bit more draft collateral.
Fair enough, but you can't just put all your eggs in the one basket as we found out with O'Conner.
 

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Fair enough, but you can't just put all your eggs in the one basket as we found out with O'Conner.
I think Ronin was another that had his chances cruelled by COVID. Having a pretty good year in the WAFL currently where he's really started finding a lot more of the footy.
 

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Soligo is a gun. He just has it.
Tough, good speed. Good overhead. Clean under pressure. Footy IQ. Hits a target.

Can't wait to see how good this guy is going to be.
 

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Soligo is a gun. He just has it.
Tough, good speed. Good overhead. Clean under pressure. Footy IQ. Hits a target.

Can't wait to see how good this guy is going to be.
This guy just keeps doing things that say Wow. He is clever and a running machine
He actually looks for a target in front. Finds someone free in a better position.
Tough as.
He's my second favourite player
He may be the biggest diamond in the rough we've found
 

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Soligo is a gun. He just has it.
Tough, good speed. Good overhead. Clean under pressure. Footy IQ. Hits a target.

Can't wait to see how good this guy is going to be.
Nah, too small to make it. 🤣
 

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Don't forget CEY is back at WWT!

But seriously, don't forget about Cook, he could be anything.

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And Zac Taylor is playing very well in the guts for the SANFL team.

Soligo and Taylor are a couple of very impressive 19yo boys in their first season on the list …. albeit both a few centimetres short of ideal.

Cook is great kick, just needs to get more involved in the game …. and demand the ball.
 

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Maybe we should focus on playing ability first, and forget about their height. Speed, skill, decision making and evasion are much more important than size IMO.
What over leadership, good kid, great family?
There's a novel thought.
So we didn't focus on playing ability with Gallucci, Poholke, Jones, McHenry, Rowe etc.
No-one has an issue with small mids and only d**ks continue to take it out of context.
We have an issue picking the smallest ones who can't football well hence our midfield was full of Rookie picks because our 1st rounders were s**t who all happen to be small as well.

2016, 2018, 2019 1st rounders say no more.

P.S. it's nice to hear Hamish say they just football without all the other irrelevant BS. Not sure why this hasn't always been the priority
 

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Some of his work in that last quarter was exceptional for a first-year player. Really understanding now why we were so keen to give him another contract before a ball was bounced
Is making many others look very average.
How nice to have a kid make good decision and execute well.
Hope Fogs buying him a few beers.
 

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Does he knock of Rachele for best first year player/ emerging talent award at the B&F ?

He is playing very very well.

For me - time is the biggest thing against Rachele. People forget how bloody good he was in the first 5 rounds.
 

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