Norm Smith Medallist
- Jul 3, 2006
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
It's worse if you take a little poetic license on why the moves were made and how we then went about things:We’ve had some interesting list decision choices and when you add them together it’s damming reading:
Henderson - delisted, lose him for nothing, Mackay preferred
Recruitment of Hampton and Menzel
Thommo- retained for additional year, wasted
Lyons- pushed out, receive pick in the 40s
Gibbs- wouldn’t do the deal and then we did for the cost we called irresponsible the year before
Long term deals to older players - Betts, Jenkins, Tex, Sloane, Lynch, Gibbs
Otten- retained for year too long
Passing and going short on the list- missed out on players
Now I’m not saying I got all these right at the time, but that’s not the point. We have highly paid experts to make the right call.
But collectively that’s an ordinary effort
Henderson: Let go because (and this board has plenty of commentary on it) for being a bit of a squib. Replaced in side with Atkins who would win the Brownlow for Squibs if such an award existed. Unlike Atkins, Henderson had suffered a few head knocks to justify being gun shy.
Hampton and Menzel: Contenders for the Richard Tambling "Local Underachieving Product Come Home" Award. Argument that a change of scenery on more familiar grounds would spark careers. Not sure the club actually did anything special to address the underachievement other than bringing them to Adelaide.
Thommo: His last year was 2017, doubtful his list spot cost anyone a game...may have gone a year earlier under necessity had we had the Tippet-Gate draft sanctions on our list.
Lyons: Never understood the move or the lack of love (or GC's for that matter). Accused of being too slow and a one way runner, exactly what we replaced him with in the current midfield set up.
Gibbs: Romance got in the way of innovative and hard decision making. With the 5 high draft picks lost with Tippet-Gate club could not afford to give away further 1st rounders on any mature player unless they were going to be a candidate for the Norm Smith Medal.
Otten: See Thommo.