- May 3, 2007
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Man City, Valencia, Lazio, Panthers
Me personally? I have been a dockers fan since late 2001/ early 2002.Joao - I’m not being a smartarse, but how long have you been a Freo supporter? You are right, it’s wrong to compare lists for a given point in time - but Freo have been a poor club at maintaining strength and depth in its list over its history. This contrasts to other clubs that do not bottom out like we have for the last 4 seasons, or the previous times in our history. So while we can’t compare lists, I thinks it’s fair to compare track records.
I know its sometimes wrong to compare lists over the years.
However..... Its interesting comparing the 2007-9 rebuild to the 2016-current rebuild.
Again..... how do you define an Ageing squad? People had their opinions I mean we had 6 blokes aged 30 or over in our list last year. Sandilands, Spurr, Michael Johnson, Danyle Pearce, Mundy and Ballantyne. 3 of those blokes retired last year. Plus a lot of taled blokes aged 23 or under are getting games.
Meanwhile back in 2008, freo had the oldest list in the AFL at like 25 years. It was that old that only 6-7 players of our whole list was aged 23 or under: Rhys Palmer, Clayton Hinkley, Chris Mayne, Marcus drum, Garrick Ibbotson, Rob Warnock and my personal favourite, Brock "Lesnar" O brien.
you can partially contribute that to trading picks for players around that 2000-2006 period such as trading picks 3 and 19 for des headland in 2002 and picks 11, 27 and 45 for Josh carr in 2004.
I dont mind freos trading of 1st round picks since 2015. At least you dont trade the farm.
The Harley Bennell Trade(s) was a good example. Trade picks 16 and 35 for bennell and pick 22. get 35 back and get pick 55, we traded our 2016 2nd rounder (which sadly was 21) and 61. So along with Bennell we had picks 22 (Darcy tucker), 35 (Harley Balic) and 55 (Sam Collins). Hardly a trade the future for one player trade.
Yet the next year we traded pick 3 for Cam McCarthy pick 8 (Logue), pick 32 (Sean Darcy) ad 72 (Luke Ryan). Again, traded a 1st rounder for a few picks.
Hell I didnt mind trading pick 5 and our 2019 3rd rounder for picks 11, 23, 30 and 49. Then traded pick 11 and 23 for pick 14 and rory lobb. Again, we stretched our top 5 pick again.
you can debate on what you define an Ageing squad. Whether its a lot of 30 year olds on the list or lack of young talent aged 23 or under coming through or both.