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Hey PMBangers (and eDPS )

What has happened to Isaac Keeler?

A lot of draft pundits had him as a top 10 prospect when they did their prognosticating at the end of last year but doesn't seem to be close to anyone's top 15 at the moment.

Still see him as a top 25 prospect?
 

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Hey PMBangers (and eDPS )

What has happened to Isaac Keeler?

A lot of draft pundits had him as a top 10 prospect when they did their prognosticating at the end of last year but doesn't seem to be close to anyone's top 15 at the moment.

Still see him as a top 25 prospect?
Keeler is undoubtedly one of, if not the, most naturally talented players in the pool, in terms of pure football craft and athleticism there aren't many faults you can give him, and some of the stuff he's capable of at 198 cm is pretty out of this world. The issue with Keeler seems to be application and commitment, at least on field, and that's what makes quite a few watchers nervous when assessing him. He can often fade out of games at seemingly he drop of the hat, picks and chooses which contests he wants to go for and can just seem to give up on a contest halfway through.

Gameplay wise this year he's been good without being dominant, partially due to shouldering more ruck work for North Adelaide but I think a lot of people were hoping that it'd click for him this year and we'd start seeing him come out and just mercilessly rip games apart.

In saying that, I think everyone is still hopeful of that, I have no doubt that if we see 3-4 games in a row, or a really good champs, where he looks 100% into the game that he'll rocket up boards, but for the time being I think he's more a 25+ prospect than in the upper rung of selections
 

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Keeler is undoubtedly one of, if not the, most naturally talented players in the pool, in terms of pure football craft and athleticism there aren't many faults you can give him, and some of the stuff he's capable of at 198 cm is pretty out of this world. The issue with Keeler seems to be application and commitment, at least on field, and that's what makes quite a few watchers nervous when assessing him. He can often fade out of games at seemingly he drop of the hat, picks and chooses which contests he wants to go for and can just seem to give up on a contest halfway through.

Gameplay wise this year he's been good without being dominant, partially due to shouldering more ruck work for North Adelaide but I think a lot of people were hoping that it'd click for him this year and we'd start seeing him come out and just mercilessly rip games apart.

In saying that, I think everyone is still hopeful of that, I have no doubt that if we see 3-4 games in a row, or a really good champs, where he looks 100% into the game that he'll rocket up boards, but for the time being I think he's more a 25+ prospect than in the upper rung of selections

His body shape and way he plays reminds me of P Ryder. So not intense, but talent seems to be their, just application. Same could be said of P Ryder.
 

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His body shape and way he plays reminds me of P Ryder. So not intense, but talent seems to be their, just application. Same could be said of P Ryder.
I think Ryder is an optimistic outlook for Keeler at this stage, not necessarily the same in playstyle but how he can fade in and out of games gives me some Jeremy Finlayson vibes, which certainly isn't the worst outcome of course but is it really what you want from an early pick? I don't know though, perhaps I'm being too harsh given how talented Isaac clearly is and just want some more performance
 

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All the good judges I’ve seen have Keeler in the top 6.
New to this thread are you?

So Mr (insert alternative account name here PMBangers ), who would you be picking with North’s first in the MSD and why is it not Massimo D’Ambrosio?
Also, will our favourite Munkara last until the mid first round in the draft?
 
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Official Notes from RMC on the game, I covered players wearing numbers 2-19 but largely agree with the thoughts on those I didn't write about as well. Was a really good watch and despite an overall disappointing performance from the talls I've come out a bit more optimistic about the midfield options in the draft, and the general defender stocks as well.

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#2 Jed Hagan (East Fremantle/Western Australia)
Small Defender | 15/10/2004 | 175cm | 73kg


Whilst not as prolific in terms of possession as he has been over the past few seasons in the WAFL Colts, Hagan’s reliability in the defensive half was a real highlight for the Academy side. He constantly pushed back in transition to ensure there wasn’t an easy avenue to goal for the Pies VFL side, and at times played above his height with some impressive intercept marks. Hagan’s use by foot was solid throughout the game, often looking to spread the ball out wide when the option was available to him, but sometimes forced to kick long to a pack. As the game wore on, Hagan seemed to grow in confidence and began to advance up the ground, using the footy more offensively.

#3 Will Ashcroft (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
Midfielder | 6/04/2004 | 180cm | 76kg


Yet another impressive display for Ashcroft’s growing resume, the number one pick contender and Brisbane father-son prospect was one of the more consistent performers for the Academy side throughout the day. Starting off in midfield, Ashcroft had an immediate impact around the ball as one who looked confident competing for contested ball against more mature bodies. That was unsurprising given his recent VFL experience, and he was clinical with his hands in-tight. Ashcroft seldom looked rushed, picking out the best handball option almost every time he got his hands on it. What has become evident over the year is how well Ashcroft gets involved in the same chain of play multiple times, gut running after giving a handball off to get into space and get it back, showcasing a few of these moments throughout the game to contribute to some dangerous attacking plays. Ashcroft played some time up either end as well, looking comfortable with his positioning in the backline and dangerous up forward. He got himself on the scoreboard after taking advantage of a free kick in the forward pocket, and slotting it with the outside of his boot.

#4 Jhye Clark (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
Midfielder | 23/07/2004 | 181cm | 77kg


Arguably the most consistent across the four quarters for the Academy side, Clark simply did not stop running all game. Clark was one who simply didn’t give up on anything, consistently providing second efforts if he didn’t lay an initial tackle or win the ball, in an effort to give the Academy side something from every contest he was involved in. The defensive running of Clark really stood out as the game reached its latter stages, constantly moving back in transition and laying a particularly impressive tackle on an opponent running into an open goal square. It wasn’t just the defensive stuff that Clark excelled at, he was one of the Academy members that adjusted to the pace of the game quickly, with his clean work at ground level and disposal under pressure unlocking a lot of early opportunities for the Academy side heading forward, always putting the ball in front of his leading forwards to hold onto easily. Whilst Clark may not have been one of the main clearance winners, his work as a receiver and follow up disposal to runners was eye catching.

#7 George Wardlaw (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
Midfielder | 18/07/2004 | 182cm | 81kg


The recipient of the MCC Presidents Medal as the best player afield for the Academy side, Wardlaw once more put out an impressive and complete display in the midfield. Whilst not as influential as he usually is in the first half, Wardlaw was still impressive with his ability to win the ball in-tight and quickly feed it out via hand, even when being brought down in a tackle. He also got involved in open play as he managed to find space to be used as a marking option or outside receiver. It was Wardlaw’s third quarter that really caught the eye however, with a more extended run through the midfield, as he started to work into the game in the ways we’ve come to expect. His tackling and contested ball winning ability stood out in particular. Whilst many would expect a player like Wardlaw to be somewhat scrappy with his disposal given how often he wins it under pressure, his cleanliness both by hand and foot once again stood out as he spotted some superb kicks forward through packs that many others wouldn’t have attempted. Wardlaw got to show off his athleticism a few times throughout, with a his bursts from stoppages impressing early, but his ability to evade multiple opponents whilst moving at full speed arguably moreso. Wardlaw got to show off his leap later in the game, taking an impressive mark in the middle of the ground where he managed to get up on an opponent’s shoulders and rise above the pack. As is typical of Wardlaw, his tackling work was superb all game, with a few holding the ball free kicks being taken advantage of by teammates to get the ball moving forward quickly.

#8 Oliver Hollands (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
Midfielder/Defender | 16/01/2004 | 184cm | 71kg


Having played mostly on the inside for the Bushrangers this season, Hollands looked more at home, and more dangerous, with an outside focused role for the Academy side. Starting the game in the defensive 50, Hollands was one that looked confident with moving up the ground aggressively to try and intercept higher up, or act as a receiver out the back of contests where he could utilise his speed and damaging disposal under less pressure. Hollands played more in the midfield as the game went on and looked increasingly more damaging with his disposal, timing his runs well to receive the ball from the first possession winners at stoppages, before using it well heading forward. There was a few times where Hollands’ disposal or run and carry created exciting opportunities for the Academy side, none moreso than when he took a mark on the boundary at half-back, and without a second thought bulleted a kick to an unmanned teammate in the centre circle, a play which really summed up how Hollands was looking to play for the game. Hollands didn’t neglect his defensive duties either, staying accountable with a few tackles in the defensive 50, and often tracking back to create an outnumber for the Academy in the back half.

#9 Harry Sheezel (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
Forward/Midfielder | 13/10/2004 | 184cm | 77kg


Whilst not his biggest game in terms of numbers, Sheezel was one that made the most of his limited opportunities inside the forward half, with his composure and sound ball use more often than not contributing to scoring opportunities for the Academy side. Given the lack of action in the forward 50, it’s not surprising that Sheezel seemed to have the most impact as a midfielder in the third term, where his positioning around the ground and tenacity at the contest stood out, often winning it cleanly at ground level and handballing to teammates before opponents could react.

#10 Jaspa Fletcher (Brisbane Lions Academy/Queensland)
Wing | 24/02/2004 | 184cm | 73kg


Another Brisbane father-son prospect lining up for the Academy, Fletcher impressed on the wing all day as he managed to find space when not many others could. With the game highly congested early on, Fletcher was somewhat forced to show he can match it on the inside as well, impacting contests with his clean work below his knees and quick hands in close. As the game opened up a bit Fletcher got to show off his class by foot and work rate off the ball, running to be a switch option out of the back half even though he wasn’t always used, and tracking back to provide an outnumber in defence. Fletcher’s tackling was also impressive, with one moment highlighting his second efforts as he was sold some candy from a Pies player, but then quickly dived to grab him by the hips and earn the free kick.

#12 Elijah Hewett (Swan Districts/Western Australia)
Forward/Midfielder | 27/05/2004 | 185cm | 84kg


A day of ‘almosts’ for the Swan Districts League representative. Hewett wasn’t quite his prolific self throughout the game, spending the majority of his time in the forward line where he found it difficult to work into the game like he usually does. There were certainly moments when Hewett was given a go through the midfield where he shone, showing clean pick-ups at speed and quick hands to match, as well as an ability to spot targets straight from clearances. Hewett’s aggression at the ball carrier was obvious throughout, and whilst he gave away a few frees he never wavered in his application defensively. For all his time in the forward half, Hewett managed to find the goals after drawing in a free kick, kicking truly from 20 out.

#14 Alwyn Davey Jr. (Oakleigh Chargers/Northern Territory)
Forward/Defender | 26/02/2004 | 181cm | 74kg


A difficult day for the Essendon father-son prospect, Davey found it difficult to get involved throughout the game amid a few positional changes. Despite not seeing much of the ball, Davey made the most of his opportunities with classy disposal and some nice displays of evasion in tight contests, essentially plying his trade on each line.

#17 Mitch Szybkowski (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
Midfielder | 9/01/2004 | 186cm | 84kg


Despite limited opportunities on-ball, Szybkowski was a consistent presence on the inside and around stoppages, using his bigger frame to out-body opponents and win first possession. What has stood out most with Szybkowski all season has been his hands in tight and remarkable ability to keep his arms free when being tackled, and that continued against the Pies VFL side as he just found ways to slip his arms up every time someone tried to wrap him up. Szybkowski often found the best option by hand, spotting options forward of him through traffic to release them in to space.

#18 Anthony Munkara (West Adelaide/Northern Territory)
Forward | 3/10/2004 | 186cm | 77kg


Arguably the surprise packet of the day, Munkara didn’t win a heap of the footy but managed to do something exciting every time he was around it, especially in the forward half. Munkara’s marking was superb for the game, holding seemingly everything in his area even when copping contact, while following up with smart ball use as he often looked to move the ball into central spots and take inside 45 options. The absolute highlight of the day came as Munkara was wrapped up after a run into the forwardline, looking certain to be pulled to ground, but somehow he managed to shake himself free of the tackle and proceed to snap from the boundary line, with the ball falling just short of the goal line.

#19 Elijah Tsatas (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
Wing | 18/10/2004 | 186cm | 79kg


Playing most of his game on the wing, Tsatas didn’t quite get as involved as he has at NAB League level but still managed to show off his burst and dare when he was released in to space by hand. Uncharacteristically, Tsatas was at times a little rushed with his disposal with the increased congestion, but got more polished as the game wore on. Tsatas slotted an early goal when he quickly reacted to a rushed kick from the boundary line to take an easy mark on the chest, slotting the set shot with ease.

#20 Adam D’Aloia (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia)
Midfielder/Forward | 9/04/2004 | 186cm | 86kg


Starting his game up forward before rotating through midfield, D’Aloia looked up to the task of taking on senior opposition with his strong frame. The South Australian is incredibly clean below his knees and in contested situations, a trait which proved invaluable as Collingwood turned up the pressure gauge. His kicking, a key area for improvement, could have done with a bit of polish when clearing packs, though D’Aloia looked anything but rushed when slotting a goal on the run during term two. His distribution by hand was neat as always, as the Eagles product continually showed his class in that department.

#21 Lachlan Cowan (Tasmania Devils/Allies)
Defender | 1/12/2004 | 188cm | 81kg


The standout Tasmanian talent has plenty of flair, and looked to showcase his more eye-catching attributes from defence. Cowan was able to compete both aerially and in general play, using his leap to get a fist in from behind before even rising for a clean intercept mark during the fourth quarter. Predominantly stationed down back with a short rotation to the wing, Cowan also got his chance at the kick-ins in term three but opted against unleashing long, instead lowering his eyes to try find shorter targets on repeat disposals.

#24 Luke Teal (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
Defender | 20/05/2004 | 188cm | 80kg


While he took some time to get up to speed, Teal ended up as one of the Academy’s best defenders with his versatility and athleticism on show. Undeterred by being caught holding the ball and giving away a couple more free kicks in the first half, the Oakleigh Chargers talent began to get stuck in and proved more polished as the game wore on. He really got going with an intercept mark in the third term, and competed well in the defensive 50 with his springy leap and desperation to cut off Collingwood attacks.

#25 Jason Gillbee (Bendigo Pioneers/Allies)
Defender | 15/05/2004 | 190cm | 78kg


Gillbee’s representative experience will be lengthy by year’s end, given he also turned out for Vic Country last week, but will wear Allies colours during the Under 18 championships. The Bendigo Pioneers product was a reliable figure in defence, using his range to get amongst the action in a contested sense, but impressing most with his running capacity and ability to move the ball on in transition. He wore contact well, especially in a few instances during term four where he rode bumps and got disposals away as opponents looked to bring him down. In potentially his best outing for the year given the context, Gillbee again looked quite comfortable down back despite his ability to play just about anywhere.

#27 Max Michalanney (Norwood/South Australia)
Defender | 26/02/2004 | 191cm | 74kg


Another who built into the occasion, Michalanney had a couple of tough early matchups on AFL-listed opposition but got into his work nicely soon enough. Listed at 191cm, the Adelaide father-son candidate can impact aerially, but looked arguably more effective when rebounding the ball out of defence in waves. He waxed well with his fellow backmen and earned a nice defensive 50 one-on-one win in the fourth term, getting a touch in aerially before winning a free kick as the ball hit the deck.

#29 Matthew Jefferson (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
Tall Forward | 8/03/2004 | 194cm | 76kg


The raw and rangy forward fared relatively well on a tough day for Academy attackers, hitting the scoreboard with a lone goal and showing some promise with his marking game. Jefferson offers great reach and range at 194cm, able to take the ball at high points and lean on his athleticism to get into good positions forward of the ball. Having showed he can improve his set shot routine in the opening quarter, the 18-year-old went on to convert a lovely snap in term three as a sighter of his dynamism.

#30 Jedd Busslinger (East Perth/Western Australia)
Tall Defender | 11/03/2004 | 196cm | 82kg


The leading key back in this year’s crop, Busslinger showcased his defensive versatility with terrific adjustments to combat the bigger bodies of Collingwood’s tall forwards. After the 199cm, 100kg Billy Drake nudged him under a ball in term one, Busslinger took the back shoulder of his opponents and affected several spoils when Collingwood sent the ball in high and long – reading the play beautifully. The West Australian’s distribution looked sound with a touch of time and space, and his intercept mark on forward wing during term three was a handy highlight to jot down.

#33 Harry Lemmey (West Adelaide/South Australia)
Tall Forward | 30/01/2004 | 199cm | 94kg


Having struggled to string together a few games at senior level for West Adelaide, Lemmey was one who looked down on confidence in the early stages, but dug in for a real crack after half time. He was a touch stagnant in his leading patterns among the Academy’s raft of tall talent, which suited the plans of Collingwood’s strong defensive setup. Eventually, Lemmey began to advance further afield and display his strong hands, getting involved all the way up at half-back with quick handballs away. He also competed well in a one-on-one at half forward during term three, proving strong while wrapping the ball up for a stoppage.

#34 Aaron Cadman (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
Tall Forward | 3/03/2004 | 194cm | 88kg


A shrewd inclusion to the Academy squad, Cadman was another tall attacking option who looked to get busy in the midst of Collingwood’s sturdy structure. As one of the deeper outlets early on, he got to a couple of good spots inside 50 to mark with typically strong hands, but missed two set shot opportunities in the opening quarter. As the game unfolded, he began to work further afield on the lead and even shifted to defence in term four, leaning on the versatility he displayed as a bottom-ager for Greater Western Victoria.

#38 Henry Hustwaite (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
Defender/Midfielder | 20/07/2004 | 194cm | 84kg


Playing in opposition to his elder brother, Campbell, Hustwaite proved he was up to the task as an inclusion to the Academy setup. He was clean and quick with his touches as usual, and at 194cm showcased he can do it aerially as well with a couple of intercept marks in the third term. The Dandenong Stingrays talent then shifted into midfield for the final 25 minutes, as he has done during the NAB League season, and swept back to good effect with typical composure in tight spots.

#39 Tom Scully (West Adelaide/South Australia)
Tall Forward | 2/11/2004 | 201cm | 83kg


One of the rising talls in this year’s crop, Scully arguably started the best of his fellow forwards before fading out of what was a tough day for the Academy forwards. He can certainly be cleaner with his contested marking, but managed to juggle a couple of grabs early on to boost his confidence. Much like Jefferson, Scully’s set shot routine came unstuck and he missed a couple more chances in open play, though he can take positives out of having such opportunities in the low-scoring opening half. Also providing fold as a second ruck, Scully was made to show his versatility as a lean 201cm talent with high potential.

#40 Jackson Broadbent (Peel Thunder/Western Australia)
Ruck | 2/12/2004 | 201cm | 100kg


A ruck with senior experience in the WAFL, this was one of the rare occasions this year where Broadbent was outsized at 201cm and 100kg. The Peel Thunder bigman found it hard to time his jumps and get first hand to the ball in the ruck, but was incredibly proficient around the ground with exceptional skills and clean hands for a player of his build. He was a touch stiff in his marking attempts, but proved much more fluid when dishing out handballs to his midfielders and getting involved as the ball hit the deck. While he may not grow much in terms of pure size, Broadbent has improvement left to add to the around-the-ground impact he already offers.
 

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Official Notes from RMC on the game, I covered players wearing numbers 2-19 but largely agree with the thoughts on those I didn't write about as well. Was a really good watch and despite an overall disappointing performance from the talls I've come out a bit more optimistic about the midfield options in the draft, and the general defender stocks as well.

Would love us to go hard for Lemmey, Scully or Busslinger.
 

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Would love us to go hard for Lemmey, Scully or Busslinger.
Yeah Busslinger or Sheezel are 0tobably my two favourites for our likely top 10 Pick atm, hoping Lemmey can find some form again as well to give us something to think about
 

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Yeah Busslinger or Sheezel are 0tobably my two favourites for our likely top 10 Pick atm, hoping Lemmey can find some form again as well to give us something to think about
Busslinger has to be high on the Roos list as well - could he go 1 or 2?? Or is that too early?
 

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All the good judges I’ve seen have Keeler in the top 6.

Will absolutely go top 5 with a showing at the Champs, may even go top 3.

If he produces a Larke Medal contending carnival, he's a #1 contender imo.
 

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Busslinger has to be high on the Roos list as well - could he go 1 or 2?? Or is that too early?
Bit early for a KPD you would think.

I guess the problem for the Roos would be their pick versus their need.


EDIT: PMB said that's fine, so I withdraw my comment.
 
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Lemmey or Scully would do well alongside Larkey.
I'm presuming those two were perceived to have dropped down a bit in the pecking order on the back of the weekend game, with KPD as much a need for Norths as KPF.

Plenty of time for further assessment ... but if Norths were selecting today, it would be an intriguing decision.
 

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Hey Bangers long time fan, just thought I'd drop in and ask who you think are the best small/general forwards in this class not named Sheezel (because I doubt he falls to Sydney)
 

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Bit early for a KPD you would think.

I guess the problem for the Roos would be their pick versus their need.
When was the last time pick 1 and pick 2 were on the trade table by fan bases wanting to slide back a couple of spots.
 

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Hey Bangers long time fan, just thought I'd drop in and ask who you think are the best small/general forwards in this class not named Sheezel (because I doubt he falls to Sydney)
Brayden George and Anthony Munkara are the two other standouts, George a but more of a powerful player with his athleticism but Munkara has a lot of X-Factor in how he goes about it
 

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I'm presuming those two were perceived to have dropped down a bit in the pecking order on the back of the weekend game, with KPD as much a need for Norths as KPF.

Plenty of time for further assessment ... but if Norths were selecting today, it would be an intriguing decision.
It'd be harsh to drop any player off the back of one game to be fair, especially Lemmey given he's had a lot of time out due to COVID/ H&S protocols. I think the Champs is a better gauge for prospects where they're playing people that are around the same stage of development, and hopefully have built a bit more form by mid season
 

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It'd be harsh to drop any player off the back of one game to be fair, especially Lemmey given he's had a lot of time out due to COVID/ H&S protocols. I think the Champs is a better gauge for prospects where they're playing people that are around the same stage of development, and hopefully have built a bit more form by mid season
I agree ... but in the context of the original comment/question ... are you choosing a KPD (specifically Busslinger) at 1 or 2 ahead of Lemmey & Scully unless you've moved them down your order?
 

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I agree ... but in the context of the original comment/question ... are you choosing a KPD (specifically Busslinger) at 1 or 2 ahead of Lemmey & Scully unless you've moved them down your order?
I had moved Busslinger above Lemmey earlier in the month tbf, and I think especially with more dominant young KPF's in the league such as Curnow, McKay, King x2, etc. that it may be better for clubs to start prioritising defenders when they can, I say this still reeling that we didn't nab Josh Gibcus as well FWIW. I also look at some of the current top sides like Melbourne, Fremantle, Carlton and Brisbane, all have really strong midfields obviously but I'd argue that their backlines are significantly better than their forward lines (can see the argument the other way for Carlton though), it's the same for Richmond in their period of dominance too

In saying that, for GWS specifically we probably need more KPF's, preferably ones that will play as a main target, so I could see us preferring Scully/ Lemmey for that, but if we're happy to persist with Hogan, Sproule, Riccardi, Resting Rucks, etc. then Busslinger and Sheezel are the two that compliment our list the most imo.
 

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I had moved Busslinger above Lemmey earlier in the month tbf, and I think especially with more dominant young KPF's in the league such as Curnow, McKay, King x2, etc. that it may be better for clubs to start prioritising defenders when they can, I say this still reeling that we didn't nab Josh Gibcus as well FWIW. I also look at some of the current top sides like Melbourne, Fremantle, Carlton and Brisbane, all have really strong midfields obviously but I'd argue that their backlines are significantly better than their forward lines (can see the argument the other way for Carlton though), it's the same for Richmond in their period of dominance too

In saying that, for GWS specifically we probably need more KPF's, preferably ones that will play as a main target, so I could see us preferring Scully/ Lemmey for that, but if we're happy to persist with Hogan, Sproule, Riccardi, Resting Rucks, etc. then Busslinger and Sheezel are the two that compliment our list the most imo.
Who is the better player IYO out of Hopper and Taranto?

Taranto seems a bit untidy by foot to me?
 

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Who is the better player IYO out of Hopper and Taranto?

Taranto seems a bit untidy by foot to me?
As a whole package I think it's Taranto, more athletic and has the runs on the board in a clear second position so isn't one that has to be in the guts for a whole game. Neither are great kicks to be fair, but Taranto is definitely more polished when he's winning it out in space/ going for goal, but obviously both share a lot of the same strengths as contested ball winners with size, will be disappointing to see either of them go but the reality is that we have too many of that sort of midfielder.
 

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As a whole package I think it's Taranto, more athletic and has the runs on the board in a clear second position so isn't one that has to be in the guts for a whole game. Neither are great kicks to be fair, but Taranto is definitely more polished when he's winning it out in space/ going for goal, but obviously both share a lot of the same strengths as contested ball winners with size, will be disappointing to see either of them go but the reality is that we have too many of that sort of midfielder.
We need dominant mids moreso than mid/forwards so it's Hopper for me, maybe because I saw plenty more of him here for the Rebels and St.Patds
 

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Brayden George and Anthony Munkara are the two other standouts, George a but more of a powerful player with his athleticism but Munkara has a lot of X-Factor in how he goes about it
Considering we're lacking X factor in our small forward group I think Munkara is the better fit
 

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