List Mgmt. James Hird Academy (Father/Son and Next Generation) - Fletcher & Hird to join preseason training

BrunoV

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They've both got their old man covered for height already. The irony might be that they end up growing something close to KPP height, at which point they'll be asked to take up space in the zone up the ground.

Remember, E-s-s-i-n-g-t-o-n.
 

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Are they looking to be promising footballers? Or are we all just getting excited because of the name?
They do freakish things with the ball. Bending it around the corners, quick thinking, laser sharp disposal. 3 years to go...
 

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If nothing else will slay the ladies.

Didn’t someone here used to have a theory about good looking roosters being better footballers or some such nonsense???
 

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Mentioned his other son had to stay back home. Anyone know how old that one is?
Cruz is 4 or 5... the list of JHA kids is in the OP but I think it's slightly out of date (in terms of the kids' ages are slightly out of date).
Might be referring to Alijah who is 11 years of age according to the EFC website.
 

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BrunoV

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Doubt we get Tex.


I think that Wanganeen errs on the side of Essendon these days and I think that he's also now running a gym in the northern suburbs.

I know someone who knows the family and she seemed to think that if Tex plays and is good enough it will be for Essendon. The issue at that point was that he was playing soccer anyway.
 

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I think that Wanganeen errs on the side of Essendon these days and I think that he's also now running a gym in the northern suburbs.

I know someone who knows the family and she seemed to think that if Tex plays and is good enough it will be for Essendon. The issue at that point was that he was playing soccer anyway.
Everything I heard was that he prefers Port. Lives in Adelaide, the saga was a big turn off, etc.
 

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The hilarious part is that he had 4 sons while he was on the list. Literally the only reason we got him to the ton was because he had kids, it extended his career by at least a year.
Absolutely, had no problem with it at the time. One smart decision the club made amongst numerous shit ones. Same with Rioli, carried to 100, daughters only so far.
 

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Never knew there was any interest

One year after Gold Coast's Wil Powell used his video-editing prowess to put his name on recruiters' radar – and went from obscurity to a first-round pick in the process – Neagle is treading a similar path.

Neagle, 20, has ex-Swan Daryn Cresswell, his Wodonga Raiders coach, in his corner and together they've made sure no talent scout could use the excuse they haven't seen him.

Former AFL coach and player Rodney Eade is also on the campaign trail for Neagle.

The highlights package displays his breakneck speed, bold playing style – reminiscent of Essendon defender Adam Saad – and strong kicking skills, with several perfectly weighted passes inside 50.

He's a no-brainer (selection) as an AFL player. He won’t prove me wrong
Daryn Cresswell
The son of late Essendon premiership footballer Merv Neagle, who played 56 of his 203 VFL/AFL games for Sydney, will attend the Victorian State Combine after a surge of interest in him.

Cresswell told AFL.com.au he had spoken with seven recruiters about Neagle, only saying that three were from non-Victorian clubs – two of which are believed to be the Swans and Crows.

The Bombers retain Neagle's father-son draft rights, if they are prepared to take the punt.

Breakneck speed is a feature of Matt Neagle's game. Picture: The Border Mail




He trained with their VFL side in recent weeks and was going to play, but sustained a grade two hamstring tear that he is due to return from this weekend.

Neagle would be the first player to go from local football to the big league since another Raider, Collingwood dasher Sam Murray, joined Sydney in the 2015 rookie draft.

"A lot of interest has come from his leg speed – and he's got a great step," Cresswell said.

"He finds a way through traffic, is a good decision-maker, and he just plays the modern game as well as anyone.

"He's a no-brainer (selection) as an AFL player. He won’t prove me wrong."

The question that always comes up, according to Cresswell, is about why it has taken Neagle until now to blossom.

He played a handful of games for TAC Cup team Murray Bushrangers without standing out, but Cresswell believes the "penny's dropped" and his training intensity and preparation has improved out of sight.

Neagle was only 14 years old when his father died in a truck crash near Griffith, in south-west New South Wales, almost six years ago to the day.

Merv's loss deeply impacted the family, including his wife Donna and sons Jay, 30 – who played 28 games for Essendon – Jydon, 23, Nathan, 22, Matt, 20, and Jaxon, 18.

"Matty's matured, and Sam (Murray)'s success has had a little to do with that, but he had a pretty rough childhood with Merv dying," Cresswell said.

Below: Jay Neagle in action for Essendon in 2010. Picture: AFL Photos




"People don't understand until they've been through it, like I did in '96, when my dad drowned.

"I've been helping him, but it knocked the boys around a lot, because they were really close with their dad and they all have tattoo symbols with his name.

"Everyone has their own story, but he's shown really strong resilience and he wants to follow in his dad's footsteps, so hopefully he gets the opportunity."
http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-08-21/video-puts-fatherson-jet-on-recruiters-radar
 
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