2nds Northern Blues Pre-Season Thread (next match 30/3 @ 12PM, 21/3 highlights now in OP)

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I'd be very happy to sign him now. Just think with our improving injury list we may wait. With the mid year draft would we get first pick being last last year?

Fisher only just turned 21. Huge upside
He's the same age as JSOS, Samo and Polson, so would be part of the development group coming through.
Also, he would no doubt be even a better player than he currently is in the NB's, being surrounded by Crippa, Kruez and co in the midfield as a unit.
 

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Yeah, come on SOS, Fisher Friday!!!!
I've heard SOS loves reading all of this stuff on BF, so I think we've created enough groundswell for us to grab him before the cutoff....
Very much doubt it. Maybe someone has shown him a caption of the AFL lookalikes but I highly doubt he could be bothered wasting time reading anything on this forum.

I'm sure there are people working at the club posting rumours on this board though. What he may do is authorise specific information to leak onto this thread. After all, BigFooty is a means of communication with supporters.
 

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We may want to keep a list spot open for the mid season draft.

We may want to monitor the progress of a couple of players from the 2018 draft that weren't taken.

We could also have our eye on someone from the WAFL/SANFL/NEAFL but want a greater body of work before drafting them.
By all reports we do & have stated that from NOV but our list has endured injuries & a retirement since then.

I still don’t know how we have a list spot available after Gibbons & Cottrell (Fisher signed with Cottrell to the NB’s preferred) as we have 40 on the senior & 4 rookies now + Owies as Cat B.

So, unless either Doc (thought they were keeping options avail for him to play later this season..?) or we’ve prematurely signed off on Pickett’s season being over and onto the Inactive List, we’re full up.

Fisher seems to have returned in the same quality form as he finished last season, hopefully we can get him across the line & onto our list - especially if any other club/s are looking at topping up with midfield options.
 

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He's the same age as JSOS, Samo and Polson, so would be part of the development group coming through.
Also, he would no doubt be even a better player than he currently is in the NB's, being surrounded by Crippa, Kruez and co in the midfield as a unit.
and training full time under Russell and with those players
 
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I'd almost be inclined to just leave JSOS in the 2s for the first half of the season as a pure mid. Work on his craft as a full-time mid, we know he has some tricks and can find some space resting forward but whether he can find the footy consistently and distribute it effectively as a midfielder while bringing his natural intensity to every contest will be the determining factor in him finding a regular spot in the best 22. He won't be able to really refine those areas being a Mr fix it type player in the AFL side.
 
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By all reports we do & have stated that from NOV but our list has endured injuries & a retirement since then.

I still don’t know how we have a list spot available after Gibbons & Cottrell (Fisher signed with Cottrell to the NB’s preferred) as we have 40 on the senior & 4 rookies now + Owies as Cat B.

So, unless either Doc (thought they were keeping options avail for him to play later this season..?) or we’ve prematurely signed off on Pickett’s season being over and onto the Inactive List, we’re full up.

Fisher seems to have returned in the same quality form as he finished last season, hopefully we can get him across the line & onto our list - especially if any other club/s are looking at topping up with midfield options.
I thought so too Bighouse, but SOS stated we still have a list spot available after the signings of Cotters and Gibbo.
 

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I thought so too Bighouse, but SOS stated we still have a list spot available after the signings of Cotters and Gibbo.
It’s apparently in place of Doc but that flies in the face of having the opportunity there for him to return this season.

Blakey & Fisher will be interesting viewing to see how they go, even Palmer who could have replaced Lebois up forward but with a few more traits.
 
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I just think we would be better served giving Jack serious midfield minutes to hone his craft if we really see him as a mid long term. Much more valuable than random 5 min bursts in-between his role as a utility, especially for a guy who hasn't really played a lot of mid in his career even as a junior. If we see him as a utility type long term then by all means, proceed as we have been, but I'm not sure that's necessarily the case.
 
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It’s apparently in place of Doc but that flies in the face of having the opportunity there for him to return this season.

Blakey & Fisher will be interesting viewing to see how they go, even Palmer who could have replaced Lebois up forward but with a few more traits.
Both will smash it...in my humble opinion.
Sammy nearly won the NB's B&F last year (only beaten in the last game), after a slow start to the season....as a 20 year old in his first season at VFL. Won the 'player's player' award, but I think we all know this.
Blakey will continue to be that lock down player that will beat his AFL listed player week after week. Also just 21, so worth keeping tabs on.
Palmer too good for VFL, but not sure if any club will be keen to pick him up.
 

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Very much doubt it. Maybe someone has shown him a caption of the AFL lookalikes but I highly doubt he could be bothered wasting time reading anything on this forum.

I'm sure there are people working at the club posting rumours on this board though. What he may do is authorise specific information to leak onto this thread. After all, BigFooty is a means of communication with supporters.

he has help...

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Watched JLT1 game against * again yesterday to warm up for today. JSOS really caught my eye in that game for having heaps of important touches and tackles and 1%ers in alot of our scoring plays. Stats from the game would suggest he was ordinary with D7 T4 G1 but I thought he was much more influential than that. I'm backing him in for Rd 1 and can't wait until he is racking up those VFL numbers in the main game.
 

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Watched JLT1 game against * again yesterday to warm up for today. JSOS really caught my eye in that game for having heaps of important touches and tackles and 1%ers in alot of our scoring plays. Stats from the game would suggest he was ordinary with D7 T4 G1 but I thought he was much more influential than that. I'm backing him in for Rd 1 and can't wait until he is racking up those VFL numbers in the main game.
Thats what I been saying for ages..welcome aboard......;)
 

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JSilvagni gets dropped after being mostly influential as a mid in the senior practice matches and apparently plays well in a NB's practice match.....
OK, he has had a good pre-season but if he had played to par, we'd be talking about the game he'd be playing in today and not the one yesterday.

I thought it a good idea last year to trial Jack as a mid but after having watched him a bit, I've changed my mind.
Maybe do so when playing NB's but doesn't seem to me he can make for a senior-spot midfielder.
Even on a small sample, the difference between Setterfield and JSilvagni is chalk and cheese. He's just not quick enough to move the ball on. He's smart but he's just not that quick of foot nor mind.
 

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JSilvagni gets dropped after being mostly influential as a mid in the senior practice matches and apparently plays well in a NB's practice match.....
OK, he has had a good pre-season but if he had played to par, we'd be talking about the game he'd be playing in today and not the one yesterday.

I thought it a good idea last year to trial Jack as a mid but after having watched him a bit, I've changed my mind.
Maybe do so when playing NB's but doesn't seem to me he can make for a senior-spot midfielder.
Even on a small sample, the difference between Setterfield and JSilvagni is chalk and cheese. He's just not quick enough to move the ball on. He's smart but he's just not that quick of foot nor mind.
Comparing him to Setters is harsh Harker. Not many that good. Jack will be Jack. If you want a big body in there to help/relieve Cripps or Kennedy then Jack is the man. In a 22 man squad I see him as valuable. Can go into middle, back or forward. May not be BOG every week but will do his job. I reckon we need those types.
 
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