Toast Pick 8 - Welcome to Carlton Luke Parks (Rookie)

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DavyRed

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Yes kicking action/technique does look a bit of a worry.
I’ll put it down to his coordination skills still catching up with his growth over the last couple of years. It’s something that can be fixed though at which point you should have a real bargain on your hands.

The other benefit is attitude. He and a few other Academy boys took it on themselves to move interstate to give them the best chance of getting drafted and stayed in Adelaide despite the Covid issues. Shows a level of commitment that should negate any “go home” factor.
 
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BluesRule

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On my limited information and viewing I wouldn't have said kicking needs work.

Good mature body, courage and intercept marking, tackles well and good disposal but at 189cm not really the tall defender we seemed to be in the market for - although if he has grown to 192 as per CFC site he is getting closer.

Like the player but not sure whether he fits our needs which seem to me to be another genuine tall. Still that may be what we have in mind for the SPP or midseason given we passed on our second pick in the Rookie Draft. We have had Oscar McDonald and Callum Moore down at training and presumably will have them train on over summer. Both are the type we lack but not sure either is going to be any more than cover for injuries. Prefer Oscar to Callum but Callum I suppose is at least a known quantity albeit he really stank it up in the 2 AFL outings we gave him. Oscar is more AFL quality and only 6 months older, bigger and more a specialist defender so more suited to our needs I suspect.

Note Henry Walsh didn't get picked up.
Happy with Parks as we needed a developing KPD (if he keeps growing). Like the marking reach:whitecheck:

Hope Henry Walsh comes down to CFC and trains hard over summer. If he has the professionalism of his brother may still be added later... and I still think we need some ruck depth.
 

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we've been getting a taste of what constitutes a 'David Teague' footballer - this selection makes perfect sense
 

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DavyRed

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On my limited information and viewing I wouldn't have said kicking needs work.

Good mature body, courage and intercept marking, tackles well and good disposal but at 189cm not really the tall defender we seemed to be in the market for - although if he has grown to 192 as per CFC site he is getting closer.

Like the player but not sure whether he fits our needs which seem to me to be another genuine tall. Still that may be what we have in mind for the SPP or midseason given we passed on our second pick in the Rookie Draft. We have had Oscar McDonald and Callum Moore down at training and presumably will have them train on over summer. Both are the type we lack but not sure either is going to be any more than cover for injuries. Prefer Oscar to Callum but Callum I suppose is at least a known quantity albeit he really stank it up in the 2 AFL outings we gave him. Oscar is more AFL quality and only 6 months older, bigger and more a specialist defender so more suited to our needs I suspect.

Note Henry Walsh didn't get picked up.
Yep, sorry I don’t mean to overstate his kicking ‘issues’. It’s not disastrous by any means, just not one of his strengths as he can miss targets a little too often but, as I say, that can be improved.
 

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Too many armchair experts having a cry over players we didn’t pick because they rated him.
I’m sure Carlton should sack credited list managers and recruiters for a bloke sitting behind a computer Throwing darts at the phantom draft
fu** yes, I expect nothing less campaignery! I put at least 5 minutes of you tube into every player I critique!
 

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DraftCentral said 189cm but Carlton article says now 192cm, so obviously still growing.

Now to watch, listen and learn about him. Good on him for taking his career into his own hands, moving to SA, and making it work.
that’s a really good point. 19 and packed up and moved interstate to back in his dream.

Hungry footballers are good.
 

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Too many armchair experts having a cry over players we didn’t pick because they rated him.
I’m sure Carlton should sack credited list managers and recruiters for a bloke sitting behind a computer Throwing darts at the phantom draft
Seems that a lot of other highly qualified and competent list managers passed over these boys too.... Who's right?
 

AT97

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They have him at 192 on the Carlton page, so maybe he's grown a bit since in the Swans academy.

Good option for a backup third tall.
If the Carlton stats are correct he is same height/weight as Jono marsh who was apparently training with us.
 

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Looks the goods in the highlights package...
Hope his more of the KPD we need and the blues website is the correct height at 192cm..

Welcome to the best club in the land Luke, all the best :thumbsupv1:
 

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