- Jul 14, 2005
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Manchester City, Boston Bruins
Can't underestimate the value of leaking false or misleading info to other clubs about your intentions. No doubt Adelaide jumped on Pedlar in part because Carlton and to a lesser extent Freo were making noise about taking him.Honestly, i don't think there is a knock.
Usually, about 2 weeks out from a draft, word/hints/inferences start getting out about a few players that they're gonna drop down the draft. I tend to think this coincides with final interviews, medicals, family visits and things of the like. There were a few of those this year like other years.
But with Carroll he was pushing incrementally higher in opinions and whispers the closer we got to the draft. But in every draft there are also 1 or 2 genuine sliders who might just have 1 player ahead of them on multiple teams boards as each pick goes by. I honestly think this was Carroll.
He could have been Top 20 on 15 Club boards, but from 20 onwards each club could have had one of their players in the teens still there , or someone they needed listwise. And hence he just slipped 20 or so positions lower than if 1 sequence above went differently.
tldr...No knock, it was just our turn to get lucky.
I'm sure we'd have been more than happy to bring him in if available, but I think part of it was a deliberate attempt to engineer a situation to bring in a slider by overplaying our hand on other prospects, be it Poulter, Macrae or Carroll.