Player Watch #?: Sam Gray - signed as DFA

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Frank Hansen II

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Oct 5, 2017
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He was the most polarising player on the Port Adelaide board lol. But to be fair most of them blame Hinkley on selecting him all the time.
There's definitely been a lot of discussion and what it usually boils down to is that we like him when Ken isn't trying to play him as the sole stay at home forward against multiple defenders who have a significant height advantage.
 

Coobk001

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Good get for you guys, we offered him a deal and wanted him to stay, but he was no doubt being phased out for our juniors and decided to take your offer. He will play AFL for you and will be a solid contributor. The main knock on him is finishing ability, he can be a bit hit or miss by foot.
 

portly

Premiership Player
Apr 8, 2001
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Port Adelaide
Can play mid, gut runner, gets to the right positions, spreads well, very good link man, gives 100%.

Delivery not as bad as some suggest. The Port board always have a whipping boy. Next year it will probably be Bonner.

Not a matchwinner, though his pickup and give to Motlop to win a Showdown was sublime.

Will add to your culture.

Sad to see him go, particularly without getting his 100 games at the club, but I understand that they want to play a number of youngsters.

Best of luck Sammy.
 

The Gong

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Oct 24, 2012
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Slots in ahead of a few of the fringe players who were getting games this season. Handy pickup for nothing for a legitimate first grader. Hope he has a great career with us.
 

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S120

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Jun 19, 2011
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There's definitely been a lot of discussion and what it usually boils down to is that we like him when Ken isn't trying to play him as the sole stay at home forward against multiple defenders who have a significant height advantage.
Where do you think his best spot is? Across HF? Deeper in the forward line given it is alongside a tall? Pushing up to the wing?
 

EskimoPAFC

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Dec 17, 2017
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Great player and glad he has gone to your lot.

Our coach for some bizarre reason chose to take an inside mid and play him exclusively as a KPF. Not only that, but had a guy that can't reliably kick 40m consistently be in positions to mark around 45m out from goal. It's been a frustrating few years.

Good coaching and good structure would make him a really solid contributor. Good luck with Frodo!
 

S120

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He's far better inside than you might think and it was his initial position in the team. Hard to get a run inside at Port as we've been overstocked there for so long.
I saw that actually, over 2015-2016 he averaged 21.5 touches, 5 tackles, 3 I50's, and 3 clearances a game.

So we might have more of an inside midfielder on our hands than many of us expected. Our fans have been clamouring for inside midfielders so maybe this will help.
 

RobbieK

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Aug 20, 2009
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I saw that actually, over 2015-2016 he averaged 21.5 touches, 5 tackles, 3 I50's, and 3 clearances a game.

So we might have more of an inside midfielder on our hands than many of us expected. Our fans have been clamouring for inside midfielders so maybe this will help.
More interesting than the averages are the highs. At the end of 2015 he had three games in a row with over 34 possessions, one was a 37 possession, 10 clearence match. He hasn't been used as a midfielder for a while, but there is definitely evidence that he can be effective in the role. It could be a very astute signing.
 

Kennedy Parker

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Jul 9, 2015
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One of only four players on our list to have gotten 10+ clearances in a game before.
Played starting mid late in Port's 2015 and 2016 seasons and found plenty of the ball (5 games with 30+ disposals)

Expect that he'd spent some big minutes in our midfield. Would be more fruitful than running Papley through there.

Games with 10 or more clearances (career):

Josh Kennedy: 36 in 233 (2010 - current)
Luke Parker: 11 in 195
George Hewett: 4 in 93
Sam Gray: 1 in 96
 

RainMachine

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Oct 1, 2013
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One of only four players on our list to have gotten 10+ clearances in a game before.
Played starting mid late in Port's 2015 and 2016 seasons and found plenty of the ball (5 games with 30+ disposals)

Expect that he'd spent some big minutes in our midfield. Would be more fruitful than running Papley through there.

Games with 10 or more clearances (career):

Josh Kennedy: 36 in 233 (2010 - current)
Luke Parker: 11 in 195
George Hewett: 4 in 93
Sam Gray: 1 in 96
I love JPK so god damn much
 

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