Opinion Naughton 2021: Forward or Defence?

F or D?

  • Forward

    Votes: 32 54.2%
  • Defender

    Votes: 25 42.4%
  • Wing

    Votes: 2 3.4%

  • Total voters

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Norm Smith Medallist
Dec 29, 2009
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
You cannot judge naughton as a forward based on this year. He had zero preseason, he had no time to build chemistry with Bruce and he had no continuity in season due to injuries.

He had shown on multiple occasions he can be our most attacking weapon in our forward 50. You don’t rob your best offensive weapon and put them back.

Naughton will not solve our issues in the backline. The easy transition we give up is why our backline constantly looks so poor.

Yes we lack another quality kpd but we lack a lockdown defender, naughton is an intercept defender. I have seen nothing to suggest he matches it with Hawkins, Dixon, lynch etc body on body he’d be out muscled like the rest of our defenders.


All Australian
Sep 17, 2017
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
We gotta find a way to have Caleb delivering the ball inside 50 rather than than from the back half. He will be hitting our forwards lace out. Unfortunately trying to do that by playing him on the wing in previous years say him exposed. Time to go to work in the offseason.


Premium Platinum
May 28, 2010
Melbourne (ex-Perth)
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
If we can’t bring in an a-grade ruck, my ideal scenario would be to get Gunston and move Naughton back. Gunston & Bruce would be more compatible than Naughton & Bruce.

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