Uncontracted Michael Barlow

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cdcanman

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Essendon would be a great fit. They need a big-bodied ball winner. 31 ain't too old. He's never relied on athleticism so don't expect any great drop off and won't need to adapt his game due to age. He's also missed so much footy (and started late) so doesn't have the mileage that a 31 y/o normally would. He won't cost much either. Low risk, high reward (potentially). Even if he gets injured (highly probable) and doesn't play a game, what would they have lost by rolling the dice?No brainer for mine
 

mezaire

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Essendon would be a great fit. They need a big-bodied ball winner. 31 ain't too old. He's never relied on athleticism so don't expect any great drop off and won't need to adapt his game due to age. He's also missed so much footy (and started late) so doesn't have the mileage that a 31 y/o normally would. He won't cost much either. Low risk, high reward (potentially). Even if he gets injured (highly probable) and doesn't play a game, what would they have lost by rolling the dice?No brainer for mine
Was just thinking the same thing. Cherry on top sort of option
 

Jatz

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Definitely not against us picking him up. Not the age bracket we’d usually look in but it would help give Cripps a year or two of support.
 

Andrew Birch

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Essendon would be a great fit. They need a big-bodied ball winner. 31 ain't too old. He's never relied on athleticism so don't expect any great drop off and won't need to adapt his game due to age. He's also missed so much footy (and started late) so doesn't have the mileage that a 31 y/o normally would. He won't cost much either. Low risk, high reward (potentially). Even if he gets injured (highly probable) and doesn't play a game, what would they have lost by rolling the dice?No brainer for mine
He finished 2nd in GC's pre-season 2km time trial whilst coming back from a broken leg FFS.
 

BLue_Bloys

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Putting aside his age, I think the issue with Barlow is that we already have Cripps, Kennedy and Curnow who are in the mould of not very quick, mostly inside mids.

Either way we do need mids so if we couldn't land any such as Setterfield, Shiel etc he'd be a good free hit.
 

blueboy25

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He'd be regretting his decision to go to the Gold Coast massively I'd say. How he wasn't in their 22 for most the season is beyond me though, touch and go whether another club picks him up.
Who else was chasing him after Freo got rid of him. From memory he didn't have a lot of options.
 

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Sprout

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Would any club throw him a lifeline? Leading possession getter in Round 23 against the Cats midfield. 30 years old.
 

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