Laird Signs For 5 Years

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Disagree, you pick the right ones.

That said, I wouldn't be giving out too many more. Maybe Crouch, that's it.
Not at the moment, where we are at as a club. In essence Laird is now being paid by us until the end of 2026.

I certainly wouldn't entertain a 5 year deal to Matt Crouch. IMO if a Crouch was going to get 5 years at our club, it should have been Brad not Matt. Even then you wouldn't have done it due to Brad's injury history.
 

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Not at the moment, where we are at as a club. In essence Laird is now being paid by us until the end of 2026.

I certainly wouldn't entertain a 5 year deal to Matt Crouch. IMO if a Crouch was going to get 5 years at our club, it should have been Brad not Matt. Even then you wouldn't have done it due to Brad's injury history.
Matt's been the better Crouch over the journey however he's the easier to replace.

You could probably give him 4 with slightly higher coin.
 

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Matt's been the better Crouch over the journey however he's the easier to replace.

You could probably give him 4 with slightly higher coin.
Only due to durabilty. Brad has far more ability than what Matt does.

Matt should have been the one we tried to shop, not Brad.

Anyway, I digress, this thread is about Rory Laird after all.
 

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Could be, much of a muchness for me.
Matt is at least bankable in the role he plays. Use the top draft picks (including Pedlar last year) to bring in talented mids around him.

Brad there was always some bloody drama that rarely saw him playing like the AA quality mid he should have been.

On another note, Doedee's contract will be interesting. His durability is a major concern.
 

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Matt is at least bankable in the role he plays. Use the top draft picks (including Pedlar last year) to bring in talented mids around him.

Brad there was always some bloody drama that rarely saw him playing like the AA quality mid he should have been.

On another note, Doedee's contract will be interesting. His durability is a major concern.
I'd say 3 with a trigger for 4. Durability is becoming a major worry.

Otherwise you'd hand him 5 no dramas.
 

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The point being we shouldn't be giving 5 year deals to anyone over 24 at the stage we are at as a club.
We don't have that luxury. You pay up, or they go elsewhere. With our list profile, we have to be damn careful about giving up experienced players who can still perform at a high level.

We have certainly burnt our list down.
 

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Guess without dollars value, hard to rate the deal as five years is a long deal, worse if we ship him off for the last year or two to another club and pay him like dickhead. Not sure Laird is an essential player worth 5 years TBH
 

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I'd expect that now you've contracted him for six seasons that Adelaide has shifted four of the six years money into 2021 and 2022 so he is essentially playing for free in the last four years of this deal - allowing the crows to throw big cash at attracting new players from 2022 onwards.
You're probably giving our list management way too much credit haha
 

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The players walking out over the years are having a secondary effect. Now every player knows it is so difficult for us to keep players that they can be more demanding. Using our desperation against us.

Really difficult to turn this ship around and I don't envy the current custodians.

Need three things to happen:
- Select good players in the draft (last year looking good, some iffy selections previously)
- Have good coaches for those players (starting.... NOW)
- Sign the youngest players up early to long term contracts (not yet)

Signing the older players to inflated, lengthy deals is a disaster. Will just continue the downward spiral.
The problem is we have no one to spend our cap on. And the off field are so conservative all they can think to do is re-sign what we have to bigger, longer contracts.

You look at sports all around the world, absolute sh*t hole cities manage to attract gun players by simply offering over the odds. We are at that point where we can offer over the odds because we have no one worthy of big money on our list.

Laird... could do both knees and never play again and it would make no difference at all to the fortunes of the club. You'd barely notice.
 

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Laird is a relatively one dimensional player who best plays a non-critical role three years past his best football.

Of course we gave him 5.
He’s a great player but his work out of the back line under pressure is the same every time: slam the ball on his foot and watch it fly up and clear the area to at best a 50/50

this may be a function of a lack of support from our other players but I’ve seen him do the same in the middle

i suspect we may not expect 5 years of service out of him, but we definitely need him for 3, so we deliberately overpaid. It won’t just be on-field, it will be off-field mentoring of quite a few kids

in fact, this season two highly-credentialed players are being moved from defense to midfield:

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“The Age reported in September that Williams' asking price for the move from GWS to Carlton was a six-year contract worth more than $850,000 per season.”

I think it’s longer than we’ll need him, but we have salary cap capacity and a floor to reach, so I have no problem with this... providing he can show that value in the midfield
 

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