Can I nominate a good player who would have been better?
Justifiable star, but had to adjust his game to the sh*tfulness of the Harvey and Lyon schools of coaching, and the spuds around him often drag down his performance. Will end his career with the 2013 losing Grand Final as his highlight.
If he played for Hawthorn, Geelong or Collingwood and had the benefit to develop under better structures and coaches he would be stupidly good. He is still a very good player, but I think he has been stagnating at Freo for a while now, whereas a better club would have gotten more out of him.
I agree with this so much about Knights. Was a really good player and probably should have ended up with more than his two best and fairests at Richmond.No, he played every game that year and won the B&F. That might've been the year that the players had a mid-season heart-to-heart and challenged Deledio to do better. He responded by leading the comp in contested ball for the second half of the season.
Perhaps at a top club he would've been better. I remember a radio caller a decade ago who said the same things you're saying about the hair etc. and put it down to grumpy old man ramblings. Maybe there's something to it, I don't know. You could make a case to say Knights, Campbell, Richardson could've been better players and they were all club greats, and Deledio sits comfortably with them. Play in a successful era though, and the focus is on your strengths.
Name a few for me.I really feel for the top Melbourne draft pick players from about 10 years ago. So many of them were really highly rated as juniors and then did nothing at an AFL level and I can't help but feel that was more down to Melbourne than because of their supposed lack of talent.
Was in the top 50 all-time for Brownlow votes when he retired. He was a great player, undersold I think because our games often weren't caught on video in the age of limited TV cameras. The knock on those Bartlett-era mids - Knights, Campbell, Lambert, Nicholls - was that they didn't work both ways, early on at least. It wouldn't be allowed to happen now.I wanted to say like Pendles but didn’t want to appear to be putting him in the same category.
This genuinely made me lol'z and spit coffee all over the screen laughing. Your precision insight and analysis puts the rest of these washed up ex player hack self-styled 'experts' on Fox, 7 et al to shameUnfortunately, he played in a s**t Richmond where he could roll along at 70%, work on his beach muscles, worry more about his hair and still win our B&F.