Reece Conca

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theGav56

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Imagine losing Neale and not bringing in a strong body. We would be vulnerable. He is the kind of player who steps up in finals. Now with Blakely back we have a bit of beef in the middle.

Plus....he brought the cuddles.
 

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I'd never paid much attention to him at Richmond. He is a fair bit better than I thought he was. especially at the hard stuff. Makes sense that all the Tigers loved him.
 

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He was great inside. Leave him there, and never as half back, please. Not quite Neale but he sure gives everything. Made Collingwood's 'best midfield in AFL' a run for their money.
 

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He deserves a feather, he's done very well. Plays within his limitations, therefore doesn't hurt the gameplan
 

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Imagine losing Neale and not bringing in a strong body. We would be vulnerable. He is the kind of player who steps up in finals. Now with Blakely back we have a bit of beef in the middle.

Plus....he brought the cuddles.
Yep. I often look at the tough, contested play in the middle and have to stop and wonder who that player is. Often it’s Conca.
 

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Shades of Solomon or Heath Black (Part Two) in terms of physicality and the leadership he's clearly providing to some of the younger members of the group - very astute pickup.
 

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IMO has been a really useful pickup but arguably has also left Banfield with no role.
 

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There's been feedback around the leadership and comradery Reece's brought to the club which is important. I think his experience will be valuable this year and next for the team while we are rebuilding. However long term think he's easily replaced on the footy field.
 

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There's been feedback around the leadership and comradery Reece's brought to the club which is important. I think his experience will be valuable this year and next for the team while we are rebuilding. However long term think he's easily replaced on the footy field.
I understand what you are saying, but also think he can be a major contributor in a finals situation.
 

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Conca is a bloke we needed to fill Ryan Crowley or Matt Deboers spot when both left: a Tagger to help shut a mid down or a hard nut to protect Fyfe, Brayshaw and cerra. He doesnt have to average 30 disposals a game
 

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He was strong in that third qtr against the Pies..kept the ball headed to our F50 time and again.
 

theGav56

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He was strong in that third qtr against the Pies..kept the ball headed to our F50 time and again.
That is a fair comment about the precision of his disposal. You're not going to read about his pinpoint delivery into the forward line on a regular basis.

(Wonder how much skills training they got into him at Richmond?)
 

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He's been playing well for weeks, I wasn't really a fan of recruiting him but he's a harder nut than I realised and does a lot of the small things well. Seems a best 22 lock currently.
That pretty much sums up what most Richmond fans thought of him.

Was always regarded higher internally than he was by those watching outside and now he's at Freo, with our attention on him a bit more, us purple fans are seeing the same thing.

He came in to the AFL as a highly regarded player good at everything (inc. good character/leadership qualities) but not stand-out spectacular at anything in particular. Though he has the reputation as a bit of a ball burner, and even as a junior he was never an elite ball user, he was a neat efficient player with ball in hand - I think the pace of AFL found him out a bit and now he mostly plays within his limitations. Hard to compare because I watch him so much more closer at Freo, but I reckon he's having career best year with us now.
 

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That pretty much sums up what most Richmond fans thought of him.

Was always regarded higher internally than he was by those watching outside and now he's at Freo, with our attention on him a bit more, us purple fans are seeing the same thing.

He came in to the AFL as a highly regarded player good at everything (inc. good character/leadership qualities) but not stand-out spectacular at anything in particular. Though he has the reputation as a bit of a ball burner, and even as a junior he was never an elite ball user, he was a neat efficient player with ball in hand - I think the pace of AFL found him out a bit and now he mostly plays within his limitations. Hard to compare because I watch him so much more closer at Freo, but I reckon he's having career best year with us now.
Yeah he's a Xavier Ellis type pick up although Ellis might have been a better ball user - both rated highly inside both their original and second clubs, whereas outside observers don't seem to get what the fuss is about. Luckily Conca seems to have a more reliable body than Ellis, touch wood.
 
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