- Sep 22, 2010
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The existing clubs dictate how the setup operates which represents a twofold challenge:
1: They’ll only mandate a maximum number of players that can be “raided” which is likely to be 2 and at best 3.
2. The players need to agree to leave and honestly without a dump truck full of money on their doorstep who’s leaving a good team to play for a new franchise in Tasmania?
If the aim is to pad out a squad for Tasmania with senior experience then the AFL needs to implement a marquee strategy whereby the initial contract of any player recruited from another club sits outside the salary cap (limited to say 5 years, but limits applied like 3 on 5 years 4 on 4 years etc.). That will allow them to build a very strong core, but the flip side is that the reward for the existing clubs needs to be sufficient and I’d suggest pre-draft access similar to the Hogan, O’Meara, Martin and Crouch “mini draft”. For instance Adelaide lose Laird to the Tasmanian franchise post 2022 and get pre-draft access to Lemmey.
No draft concessions for Tasmania aside from the first pick in each round. The marquee contracts also allow them to recruit hard in their second year if the initial contracts are right.
In a future YouTube video if/when talks around Tasmania heat up I'll consider I'll propose on there the model that should be created.
Some of my very early ideas circulating in my mind include plucking opposition leadership group pieces, plucking Tasmanian's on opposition lists, some other opposition talents and going heavy on state leaguers including state leaguers in older age groups as there are a lot of 24-30 year old mature agers who can be best-22 players at AFL level.
Of course there would still need to be a core of good early draft picks, but I'd be looking for that more suitable age demographic and group of established players to actually enable those new draftees coming in to develop successfully.
I'm interested in what you think GWS should have done differently. I think they've built themselves well. A bit better drafting and coaching and they would have dominated.
Should have gone more heavily into mature age recruits to help balance the club's list mid-late/rookie draft. That was the big miss, and the form of recruiting GWS have largely neglected to their determent, particularly as a club that isn't necessarily going to be a destination for opposition players.
I'd also have gone heavier on established veteran leaders and established players earlier - including moving a lot of those picks for opposition players - and again target opposition players with a direct view towards filling those list holes. Though partial credit for GWS with some of their opposition talent ID good, but still greater aggression towards this approach and sooner would have been beneficial.