- Aug 19, 2020
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
Have to disagree on Anderson not being ready, one of the top 3 runners in the club, is already built like a man and played almost exclusively midfield this season without any real fadeout.
He is as ready as one can be, he has a mature game and can play in or out.
He faded out a little in the middle of the year after starting the season in red-hot form. He came back into it in the back-end though (after some time off with a hand injury), so I’m hopeful for a more consistent year. Can’t be critical of a 2nd year player though. He’s a gun. If he can hit the scoreboard like he did in his draft year then he will be our dynamic mid and one of our most important players. He already finds plenty of the footy.
However, my expectations on him and players like Rowell are lower than my expectation on someone like Weller, Bowes or Ainsworth—players in that age-bracket should be doing the heavy lifting (and helping Miller!) to allow the younger players to do their role.
Relying on young talent alone makes us inconsistent, which is no knock on them. They shouldn’t have to carry the team in their third year or fourth, no matter how talented they are. If Anderson, Rowell, Rankine, Sharp etc. step up with those older players then we become a good team. On their own I don’t think they change our fortunes much, unfortunately.