Agree, if we win a few more games it will be hard to argue for one.We don't have the wins but have been more competitive across the board this year. If we didn't get one last year there is no way we will this year.
Can't compare any of the other 17 teams to GC. They are a special case as far as the AFL is concerned.
I really like the idea from (I think) David King who said struggling clubs should be able to use some of their salary cap toward draft picks. eg look at us 2 years ago, we had a shocking list that still had to be paid about 92% of what the Geelong list would get. A team that is rebuilding should be able to save cap space and use it to buy picks. Not sure how this would work in effect.The draft as an equalisation method is a complete fail in a 18 team comp with 45 man lists. It is simply too long a road without massive advantages to struggling sides. Despite Carlton having gamed the system as hard as they possibly could we still dwell amongst the bottom 2 after several years and their is no guarantee that next year will be substantially better.
Clubs and the AFL have already indicated that they do not want to compromise the draft and see improvement for struggling clubs via the recruitment of mature age bodies, problem is they gave state league quality which will not lift these struggling teams to contention.
No quality senior player is going to a bottom 2 club to get beaten up week after week on a comparable salary to a top of the ladder team. So how do bottom teams improve?.
My Ill thought out suggestion is this. For every game a team finishes below 33% wins (7 games). They get a 100,000 salary allowance the following year with 50,000 the year after to be used to attract a mature aged player. Salary would need to be front loaded so they were at cap in year 3.
This would better enable lower placed clubs to attract existing talent by paying “overs”, whilst somewhat maintaining the integrity of the salary cap for teams competing for the flag.
Another benefit would be the potential for talent to flow from top level teams to lower ranked teams (opposite to free agency), further equalising the competition.
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If we genuinely needed one and genuinely deserved one, I'd be fine with asking the question.Honestly I can't believe how many people on here want to cling to their morals without realising the whole league is in a state of debauchery!
When everyone is grabbing academy players and father sons while every player up for trade dictates where they are willing to go there is no point trying to stay pure, if there is even the slightest chance we will get a priority pick we need to go for it (although by the time we beat the Swans, Suns, Crows and Saints I doubt they will give a 7 win side a PP).