Club History Players that you thought would make it but didn't.

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Barlow Carkeek - as a boy in '03 thought this guy was a dead cert... Wasn't physically cut out for the rigours of the game at the highest level, and chose cricket over footy in the end
Norman Yeo - 31 goals in 15 games in his first season is no mean feat ... Ended up being poached by University :mad:
 

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Geez we massively mismanaged that kid.
Not too sure about that. Was an inside midfielder who did not have inside midfield size or strength. He was a good VFL player but only had one position and a body that would not hold up in that position.
 

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Bolton, Christ he did my head in, I'd still argue he didn't make it. What he did do to me was making me promise to never get so emotionally involved in a footballer on the negative side. Cockatoo Collins was another one, he thought his shit didn't stink.
 

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I'm not sure how many games he played and injuries were cruel but we never saw the best of Antrobus, which was a real shame.
He came over from North Adelaide 1988 with his best behind him unfortunately. Played some good games in 89 for us but that was about it. We could’ve done with him in 1990, but he just couldn’t get on the park by then.
 

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Daniel McAllister - was meant to be our next Wanganeen & we sure as shit took him high enough in the draft. Showed a few early glimpses to get excited about but in the end just rotted in the two’s.
 

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Daniel McAllister - was meant to be our next Wanganeen & we sure as shit took him high enough in the draft. Showed a few early glimpses to get excited about but in the end just rotted in the two’s.
When I think of him I think of Langford, but they gave langers more chance to make it
 

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I've always wondered whether there was something more to the story of the end of his career.

By the time he was delisted he was a competent player who had addressed his flaws.

I put it down as another who was too fast and too skillful for Hird-era football.
Agree - never understood his delisting. Had finally become a player and we dumped him. Hied did have an unhealthy obsession with big, contested ball winning mids.
 

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Not too sure about that. Was an inside midfielder who did not have inside midfield size or strength. He was a good VFL player but only had one position and a body that would not hold up in that position.
Absolutely correct.

Would add that like a few from his era, just didn’t have the appetite for the contest you need at AFL level, especially if you are an inside mid.
 

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Hurley could have been a super superstar if he didnt bust his thumbs early on. I remember meeting him after he played Frankston in the VFL in his first season and got his autograph and his hands/thumbs were all taped up. Later in the car my dad said that injury will give him trouble marking down the track. Sure enough now he only chest marks and double grabs. Good player but could have been way better imo.
 

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Hurley could have been a super superstar if he didnt bust his thumbs early on. I remember meeting him after he played Frankston in the VFL in his first season and got his autograph and his hands/thumbs were all taped up. Later in the car my dad said that injury will give him trouble marking down the track. Sure enough now he only chest marks and double grabs. Good player but could have been way better imo.
Imagine Hurley with the marking ability of Hooker.

What a beast.
 

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Agree - never understood his delisting. Had finally become a player and we dumped him. Hied did have an unhealthy obsession with big, contested ball winning mids.
I sometimes wonder how much influence Goody had at Essendon with that - we are obviously obsessed with them at Melbourne.
 
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I really wanted Ritchie Cole to do well at the bombers but we all know how that went. He actually got himself in great shape and was in the club training everyday in the hopes of a new deal, when he didn't get a deal or picked up he then doesn't even go play anywhere. Absolute basketcase hahaha
 
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Was a bit disappointed jarrod Atkinson didn't stick around as he could've acheived much more than he did. Dean Dick looked lively but like brad couldn't get a clean run at it.
 
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