We have some rare talent this year and with LDU being held back last year he is still eligible to win it. We don't get a lot of nominations but I reckon from this field we might get a few this year. Thoughts?
A clear run at the best 22 for as many weeks as possible puts LDU in the box seat, Bailey will have more of a task for fighting for a spot.
I think it's clear to me Brad wants to unleash Luke to the competition this year, he was clear from the outset that he didn't expect anything of him in the first year, and just to make sure he gets properly acquainted with AFL level and the game plan.
Now when Brad speaks of him, he clearly wants him in the team, he has an expectation of his level of play and he's eager to now hype him up for fans.
Bailey's a smokey, he's that good that early, but this year is time to unleash the midfield beast within.
LDU is definitely the better player at this stage, but I wouldn't be surprised if Scott has the better year.
I think our logjam in the middle is going to see LDU move around a lot throughout the year and he'll have to play a lot of roles that he isn't comfortable with. Scott on the other hand has a clear role for him in the side so he's going to benefit a lot from continuity and having a role that's suited to his strengths.
If LDU was in a side where he could be a top 3 clearance mid he'd probably win the whole thing, but I think he will struggle a little being behind Cunnington, Ahern, Higgins, Anderson, Tyson and Jacobs if he is even still alive.
He looked a completely different player to what we saw last year. In the 2 JLT games he wasn't fumbling, panicking or second guessing himself like he did in his handful of games last year. Genuinely excited to see what he can deliver in 19.