Even as recently as 2015.I feel like it’s only been recently in his career that he has been really heavy though. I don’t think he was anywhere near this weight in his AA 2012 year.
The Eagles ruckman had an outstanding season, rewarded with selection in the All-Australian squad
Looks a lot leaner and just more agile overall while still having the power in his tackling. Part of that is obviously age and possibly not being able to keep the weight off as he gets older.
Or.. he’s intentionally that big. Tried to turn him into a Mummy type ruck but his natural leap is causing problems. The knees have probably taken away any of those sidesteps or cat like but would be nice to see him back looking something similar to 2015.
Watching that highlight video really does make you realise how much we lost by not having him for his prime years. Could’ve really taken the comp apart. It’s no coincidence that both the years we’ve looked the most convincing were the two he played the majority of the season. We still sit equal top this year but haven’t looked as good. Reckon we’d have waltzed to B2B if he didn’t go down again. The signs were ominous.