- Apr 10, 2014
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
Lycett would probably be a real estate agent by now if we drafted him back in 2010.
I hope he develops he handballs .. geez ... he missed a few of our players by not giving clean handballs, against the Eagles.I was rapt that we got him at the time ... but he has blown my expectations out of the water! What a pickup, and as Sumich mentioned, he is still developing!
And we now have one Premiership player in our team.I was disappointed we didn't draft him in 2010, not devastated, but disappointed.
In 2010 we had an ageing Brogan, IMO a very promising Redden, Lobbe, Daniel Stewart, Daniel Bass on the Category B list as another basketball convert, Westhoff, his brother Matthew and a rookie Daniel Webb. These guys were rucks or rucks/forwards in the SANFL apart from the Hoff.
The only change we made at the end of 2010 was to recruit as a rookie Mitch Curnow who was a skinny 201cm 18 year old ruck. So we did add a developing ruck. 2011 was Brogan's last year. 2010 was Geoff Parker's first year as our head recruiter.
Lycett going to WCE was better for his development. They aren't afraid to use the weight room and he was 1 of only 3 rucks on their list for 2011 and 2012, Dean Cox the best ruckman of the '00's and Nick Natanui the most promising young ruckman in the game at the time. He had Phil Walsh as a midfield coach for his first 3 years who had worked with Primus, Lade and Brogan when they were at their peak at Port, and then Dean Cox became ruck coach when Walsh returned to Port.
The Champion Data AFL Player Ratings algorithm gave him 35.0 pts against Carlton in Rd 2 which is an elite number. That was his career best ever score.Best game of Scotts career i reckon. Really set the tone early. Fierce tackling and cleared the path for our mids. He needs to bring that energy every week.