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Dead Eye Didak

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Pretty impressive for someone of Lynch's size to finish top 3 in the time trial and it seemingly gives him one identifiable strength at least that can be built upon.

I remember when Dawes was finishing top 5 or so in the time trials prior to 2010 and while his career petered out after 2011 having above average stamina for a man with his frame helped propel him to a level above his skill set for a period of time and got him a premiership medallion.
Lynch's progress has been steady, but l thought his progress last season is encouraging. I really think he will play some senior footy this year, so lm hoping to see him get a good run at it in the JLT series.
 

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Lynch's progress has been steady, but l thought his progress last season is encouraging. I really think he will play some senior footy this year, so lm hoping to see him get a good run at it in the JLT series.
Actually started to look like a footballer in 2018 which was a massive improvement on the tangled confusion of arms and legs that threw itself at the footy in 2017.
 

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Lynch's progress has been steady, but l thought his progress last season is encouraging. I really think he will play some senior footy this year, so lm hoping to see him get a good run at it in the JLT series.
It will be a nice "bonus" for us if he can turn into an AFL quality player. He only turned 20 in September, so if he continues to show improvement I'd expect the club would be prepared to be patient with him.
 
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It will be a nice "bonus" for us if he can turn into an AFL quality player. He only turned 20 in September, so if he continues to show improvement I'd expect the club would be prepared to be patient with him.
Only issue with Lynch is that he's out of contract this year and will mark three years straight as a Cat A rookie. Based on the rookie rules he will either need to be promoted to the senior list or delisted and re-rookied (risking another club picking him up) if we want to keep him.

I could see us promoting him (and giving some undeserving players in Wills and Crocker another extension) if we have a huge exodus of senior players who are OOC. Currently, Wells/Goldsack/Dunn/Varcoe/Greenwood/Reid could all feasibly retire at the end of this year and we don't really have the draft currency to fill all those spots with decent young kids.
 

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Hard to gauge given he often shared the role with others like Minson but in 2017 he often had 20+ (av 18.9).

For mine, it's more about maintaining a forward structure that worked so well in 2018, and that has Cox playing KPF/2nd ruck. If Cox takes the 1st ruck role then who takes the KPF/2nd ruck role and how does that impact that forward dynamic?
Those hitout stats give me some hope for Roughead if called on in that role. Regarding the restructuring of the forward line for me you just bring in Reid. You don't lose anything up front then but maintain some quality delivery for the midfield with Cox in the ruck. But it does pose the question who relieves Cox? Your way is more hassle free.
 

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Only issue with Lynch is that he's out of contract this year and will mark three years straight as a Cat A rookie. Based on the rookie rules he will either need to be promoted to the senior list or delisted and re-rookied (risking another club picking him up) if we want to keep him.

I could see us promoting him (and giving some undeserving players in Wills and Crocker another extension) if we have a huge exodus of senior players who are OOC. Currently, Wells/Goldsack/Dunn/Varcoe/Greenwood/Reid could all feasibly retire at the end of this year and we don't really have the draft currency to fill all those spots with decent young kids.
I 100% had forgotten Wills existed.

Has he been training?
 

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He has. Apparently one of the hardest workers but was never really expected to be more than a VFL player.
Good type to have in support of a premiership push. Break in emergency glass kind of player but with Sier’s emergence is now 1 or 2 further back in the pecking order than where he sat last year.

Just find him so inconspicuous that I forget he exists :p
 

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He has. Apparently one of the hardest workers but was never really expected to be more than a VFL player.
Seriously? 11 tackles on debut. The kid was primed for our midfield until Sier became a star.
 

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He also played five of his six games back in 2016 and one in 2017. It's not like he was "primed" to be in our midfield, others overtook him.
At the end of 2016, he did appear to be a very good chance to cement himself in the 22, but after missing most of 2017 with injuries and the rise of Sier and significant improvement from Adams, he now appears a fair way back in the queue.
 

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Wills is an absolute ball magnet in the guts and at clearances, has an almost uncanny ability to get first hands on the pill. Injuries have badly cruelled his chances and competition for spots is very, very tight but, if he can get himself right anything is possible.
 

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Wills is an absolute ball magnet in the guts and at clearances, has an almost uncanny ability to get first hands on the pill. Injuries have badly cruelled his chances and competition for spots is very, very tight but, if he can get himself right anything is possible.
And that’s exactly what we want to see.

High level competition for spots. Let the best 22 prevail.

Wills can earn it, pity his injuries have cruelled him.
 
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