- Oct 11, 2004
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
You might find that Cerra, Brayshaw and Darcy have already made positive statements about their development under Lyon. Did you listen to the after game interview with Cerra? I can't link you to it, but basically praised Lyon for the challenges he was being given by playing different roles, and it was a clear reference to being asked to step up at HBF during that game. The feedback from players about Lyon is by and large very positive. It is also measurable by the retention rate of our players.Faaaaaar too generous imo so here are some quick thoughts.
A Pearce: Didn't get a game until necessity dictated through injury. Who knows what might have happened if that wasn't the case.
Ryan: Mature ager playing the same game he did at VFL, doing well and improving though.
Cerra: Way too early to claim Lyon developed him. What he has achieved so far is on him.
Brayshaw: See Cerra.
Cox: Had a number of above average games and now one good game. He is still visibly not confident in his own goal kicking.
Taberner: I would love hear what Tabs has to say about Lyon personally .
Darcy: See Cerra and Brayshaw.
Neale, Blakely and Langdon: Big tick of approval, especially with Langdon who is exceeding all expectations except for perhaps Allikat's. Well done.
Giro, Banfield and Crowden: May not even make it but like you said at least they're getting a go. Certainly doesn't go any way toward proving (or disproving) Lyon's ability to develop players.
Long story short: let's see if the rebuild actually succeeds before lauding the coaches ability to perform one. Heaps of water to go under the bridge yet.
You may need to explain how young players playing well doesn't support the idea that they are being well developed. Seems an unusual proposition and definitely counter-intuitive. Compare for example with other teams playing a similar number of young fellas. Saints, Brisbane, Carlton come to mind. A key factor in Lyon's youth development has been the balance of old heads in the team, and the other has been the use of Peel as a development platform. Both have been well utilised.