Prediction Player breakout predictions for your club.

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nineteen eighty

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 18, 2003
6,794
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Sydney
AFL Club
Richmond
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TIGERS
I’ll give you one for the Saints. I reckon Battle can really take a step up if they let him settle in one position

Good call. Has been training down back all preseason by the sounds of it and it appears they want to settle him at CHB for the year and not throw him all over the place anymore.

Hopefully it’s the end the bizarre wing experiment with him!

Great call with Battle. I think he could be a gun CHB. Who played in that position last year for the Saints? Battle could easily become one of the best in the comp in this position if allowed to settle.
 

Virgin Dog

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 29, 2017
9,680
20,503
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
If the Essendon practice match is anything to go by, it's Ed Richards for us. Was on the fringe of the 22 the last couple years, and missed a lot of last year thanks to injury, but was close to BOG yesterday.
 

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aussierulesrules

Hall of Famer
Jan 7, 2011
32,244
63,711
Heaven. I mean Victoria.
AFL Club
St Kilda
Great call with Battle. I think he could be a gun CHB. Who played in that position last year for the Saints? Battle could easily become one of the best in the comp in this position if allowed to settle.
Was given a big wrap for how he went there today. Kept Curnow goalless and took intercept marks and so-on.

Last year it was basically a mixture of Wilkie, Highmore, Clavarino, Battle in a couple of games, and then Joyce also played 5 games and Frawley 2, so Howard probably played more at CHB in those games.

I was really pleased with how solid Battle was for someone that young when he played the whole year at CHB in 2019 (at 20yo), so looking forward to seeing how he goes there again, now that he’s a lot fitter/stronger/more experienced.
 

master bate

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 13, 2006
14,454
13,283
Melbourne
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Melbourne
I’d like to withdraw my Francis prediction, Thank you.
I know trades aren't easy and there's a lot of factors there but he really should be playing CHB for another club and Essendon getting an actual forward to play the Hooker/Francis role which seems to be filling time until they upgrade that position.

There's every chance he does a decent job, but it's not the best use of his abilities.
 

carnthedons

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 12, 2006
9,726
15,454
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
I know trades aren't easy and there's a lot of factors there but he really should be playing CHB for another club and Essendon getting an actual forward to play the Hooker/Francis role which seems to be filling time until they upgrade that position.

There's every chance he does a decent job, but it's not the best use of his abilities.
Reckon he’s just not quite big enough with the 6’8 forwards coming through. Third tall/interceptor or a big HBF is his go I reckon but Ridley does that better for us.
 

Veer Right

Club Legend
May 11, 2019
2,739
4,768
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St Kilda
Jack Higgins from St Kilda, finding the ball at will, kicks goals and should get midfield time this year. Was starting to come together last year and i feel after watching the first practice game he's found another gear.
 

HavUEvaSeenTheRain

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 20, 2006
7,712
9,833
AFL Club
Carlton
Noah Balta in his new role down forward could take him to another level, gifted physique with good speed. Collier-Dawkins could go to the next level with his big body in the middle. Also hate to say it because he was absolutely hopeless in the forward line, but I think Dan Rioli having another full pre season in the backline, could further improve his game.
Balta is one that really interests me. Been an amazing start to a career then started to struggle last season, or atleast appeared to as the side did. Moving forward is an interesting one. A lot harder role but if he makes it then it’ll be huge for the list.
 

fpm84

Brownlow Medallist
Sep 7, 2005
12,685
31,927
Melbourne
AFL Club
Geelong
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Dallas Mavs, West Ham
Tyson Stengle.
 

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Dogs_r_barking

Premiers 2016
Mar 2, 2007
11,234
11,329
Bellarine Peninsular
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Melb Victory
Ed Richards, as others have said. Marra had a quiet game against the Dons, but apparently recovering from COVID, has worked with Bont over the preseason to get his fitness up, so expecting a better year.
 

Rich01

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 5, 2004
9,770
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Melbourne
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Richmond
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Richmond
Tyson Stengle.

If Eddie can keep him on the right path this will be a master stroke for the Cats. Gave their forward line another dimension.

I do wonder why Eddie wasn’t offered a role to stay on at the Blues and mentor the younger players. It was one of the reasons that fans were initially lauding his coming home to the club a couple of years ago. Seems a miss for mine and a big win for the cats.

Jack Higgins from St Kilda, finding the ball at will, kicks goals and should get midfield time this year. Was starting to come together last year and i feel after watching the first practice game he's found another gear.

Didn’t see the practice match but he is a talent. Where did he play? My big question on him is to where he fits in the side.

Perhaps not big and strong enough to play contested mid, doesn’t have the endurance or pace for linking mid, and doesn’t have the speed or defensive mindset for a lockdown forward.

High half forward was always my thought for his best position as he is dangerous forward of centre. If he builds his endurance to get to more contests he could be very good.
 

Mikevk123

Club Legend
Jun 25, 2019
2,230
1,957
AFL Club
Essendon
Andrew McGrath if he continues playing from half back and rotating through the wings.
 

gbatman

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 26, 2008
14,067
17,243
Behind You...
AFL Club
Carlton
Other Teams
Justice League
Kemp will if he stays fit. Cerra as being a top talent in the comp will as will Curnow IMO. Durdin to become a recognised small forward.
 

Foxx

Club Legend
Jul 18, 2011
2,558
1,584
AFL Club
Essendon
McGrath. Our well deserved number 1 draft pick.
 
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Red_man2008

Club Legend
Jan 2, 2009
1,326
3,128
Penguin
AFL Club
Carlton
Matthew Kennedy and Mitch McGovern will make the AA squad so it’ll be a somewhat delayed breakout.
 

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