Luke Hodge (impact on Fagan/Zorko/Andrews)

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golions

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I'm starting to wonder if Luke Hodge covered up for a lot of deficiencies of both Zorko and Fagan during our rise in 2018->19.

Feel like our backline was much more organised with him around and had a huge influence on Harris Andrews whose form is seemingly slowly dropping off as the time goes on (although playing well tonight). Hodge made everyone around him better and even though he wasn't in our best players during the season, he was our best finals player in 2019. I feel like Fagan is out of ideas and Hodgey probably had fresher ideas and better way to relate to the players (the younger new age coaches such as Mcrae, Voss and Mitchell are proving to be successful in terms of getting the players playing for them more than the older coaches such as Noble)

Hodge was basically the onfield/spiritual captain-coach. Even though Zorko has moments of brilliance and he was leading us through some pretty tough times, I wonder if he is really the man to lead us to a premiership given he is still prone to immature acts.
 

McIvor

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Ryan Lester should be playing more than what he is - discliplined organised and a leader - yes, hes no Luke Hodge, not syaing he is, but hes also the closest thing we have to him yet we dont use him. Confusing.

And then we give games to debutants or Jaryd Lyons who looks as cooked as anyone on our list.
 

briztoon

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Ryan Lester should be playing more than what he is - discliplined organised and a leader - yes, hes no Luke Hodge, not syaing he is, but hes also the closest thing we have to him yet we dont use him. Confusing.

And then we give games to debutants or Jaryd Lyons who looks as cooked as anyone on our list.
Who are you dropping from the defensive unit to accommodate Lester?
 

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Dalions

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I believe the soft cap is looking like going up around 500k next year, we need to give it all to Hodgey to get him back onboard full time next year.
He is a great game day coach and tactician who would make us a better outfit for sure.
 

KissKiss

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I dont think they play the same role (although I do question Answerth's spot). At the moment I see Lester competing against Gardiner and Payne. Payne played well and happy to keep giving him games to develop but think Lester should be in ahead of Gardiner.
 

PaddleFoot

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Luke Hodge was the best recruit we've picked up in the last decade. Superb leader and competitor with a laser left foot. No wonder the Hawks were a powerhouse for so long.

Need his IP around the club.
 

Lets Roar like '44

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Luke Hodge was the best recruit we've picked up in the last decade. Superb leader and competitor with a laser left foot. No wonder the Hawks were a powerhouse for so long.

Need his IP around the club.
Regardless of the huge impact behind the scenes, he was always so calm and cool on the field plus his leadership which you would always see when watching the games.
I feel he’s probably liking the media gig more than wanting to coach, but the longer we can hold onto anything of his the better.
 

McIvor

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Regardless of the huge impact behind the scenes, he was always so calm and cool on the field plus his leadership which you would always see when watching the games.
I feel he’s probably liking the media gig more than wanting to coach, but the longer we can hold onto anything of his the better.
Does Luke still live in Brisbane or has he gone back to Melbourne?
 

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