If one of these mature players is upgraded to the main list then the feeder clubs should get payment?I am not a fan of the mid season draft.
We went into the season knowing that Kersten, Sandilands, Ballantyne and Bennell had significant long term injuries. Most of them were given one year contracts. The club deliberately began the year 4 short of their list capacity. This is a gamble, and it has upside if it comes off. Guess what? It has a downside if it doesn't.
We also elected to go in with a lot of rucks, but as a group they have no balance to them. To find ourselves down our #1 and 2, but still not wanting to consider 4 and 5 is also a gamble the club chose to go with. 3 is currently hobbling too.
I am not wanting to have a crack at the club and other clubs may have a similar situation. In this regard I don't think their should be a bail out option for clubs who gamble with their list management.
I also hate what it does to the feeder leagues.
Agreed - it costs unnecessary money. I doubt we would have gone another pick. Pina remained available to us at our pick and we instead gave a lifeline to O’Reilly.Do we want to spend $70,000 another two times? Or promote Jason Carter for a game?
But he wasn't really injury prone, he was just being played in a role not suited to his strengths. He was being played as a tagger at Peel where he got caught ball watching every week. Evidently once he turned it around for himself he was proven to be a better player offensively than defensively.Interesting, that the likes of De Boer, Menegola, De Luca, and Mayne have all changed roles.
We had Crowley for years, so it’s a mute point for De Boer. Still, could have done it when Crowley retired.
Mayne and De Luca maybe should have been run through the middle.
Menegola was injured most of the time.
In his last two seasons for the club he played 16 WAFL senior games out of a possible 40.But he wasn't really injury prone, he was just being played in a role not suited to his strengths. He was being played as a tagger at Peel where he got caught ball watching every week. Evidently once he turned it around for himself he was proven to be a better player offensively than defensively.