Confirmed Shai Bolton [re-signed]

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Kid has undeniable talent but workrate, defense and smarts all seem lacking at the moment.
Keeps playing like he has the last 2 weeks and he won't be worth a 4th round draft pick.
That is if he keeps getting games because he should be dropped.

There was talk of him not wanting to leave WA in his draft year, rumours that he wanted to come home last year and now he's put contract talks on hold.
He plays a role that Richmond aren't short on and will be kept out of the team once Rioli is fit or Higgin's passes him.

Neither Fremantle and West Coast are particularly lacking in the small forward role. I liked him on a wing in his draft year and West Coast would have a greater need for wings than Freo but he's even less proven on a wing at AFL level than he is as small forward.

He's in a bit of a tough spot if he wants to come home because I can't see Richmond wanting to lose him for less than a 3rd and I can't see either West Australian team wanting to pay more than a late late pick.

For what it's worth his dad played for Fremantle, he was a Freo supporter before he was drafted and on the sentiment of having a father son I'd like to have him but not for more than a 4th at this stage.
 
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I’d say we’d probably be interested - iirc we would have taken him had he been available at our 2nd. I don’t think he’s doing all that bad given it’s just his 2nd year. I see a lot of upside with him.

I think given our history, if Richmond asked for a 3rd we’d probably give it, given our history for over paying for uncontracted players (ah chee, Redden, Wellingham etc). Just tell Richmond to tell us that he’s developing his inside midfield game and we will pay through the roof. ;)
 

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Predictions:
Richmond BF people will want a first round pick and they will say Freo sucks and West Coast is a joke.
West Coast BF people will want to give a third round pick and they say that Freo Sucks.
Fremantle BF people will want to give a future third round pick and say that the Eagles youth suck.
 

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I really rate his ability but has a long way to go. Needs to play a bit more selflessly and improve his tank (As all young players do). I think he is worth a late 2nd/early 3rd at this stage.
 

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Shai as a player could go either way. He doesn’t have the discipline to do the defensive things the team asks for at senior level yet and his attacking game that shows his talent at VFL level doesn’t stack up at the top level yet.

The talent is there, but he needs to work on his application.

We have a glut of small forwards so not a massive deal if he leaves, and our asking price will be dependent on his improvement this year.

Would back him to improve and hope he stays.
 

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Not really seeing where he'd go. I doubt the eagles are that keen given they've invested in mature small forwards (ryan and rioli) and freo don't have a second or 3rd rounder and even if they trade picks in they already have walters matera bennell and grey and banfield look reasonable. If he insists on WA or nowhere he might end up not on an AFL list.
 

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Not really seeing where he'd go. I doubt the eagles are that keen given they've invested in mature small forwards (ryan and rioli) and freo don't have a second or 3rd rounder and even if they trade picks in they already have walters matera bennell and grey and banfield look reasonable. If he insists on WA or nowhere he might end up not on an AFL list.
Fremantle can trade 2019 picks for Bolton.
 

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They drafted him there two years ago, hasn’t lost or gained value through his performances. Shows promise. Probably wouldn’t give up one this year but a future second would be right.
Except he has lost value, his afl performances have been poor.
I mean schache went from pick 2 to 30odd in 2 years
 

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Except he has lost value, his afl performances have been poor.
I mean schache went from pick 2 to 30odd in 2 years
His afl performances have been fine, he’s a light bodied small forward he’ll take time but he’s already showing presence and hitting the scoreboard. I’d happily give our future second for him.

Schache dropped value due to depression, home sickness and not being able to break into a poor side that was crying out for a tall forward. Completely different story.
 

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His afl performances have been fine, he’s a light bodied small forward he’ll take time but he’s already showing presence and hitting the scoreboard. I’d happily give our future second for him.

Schache dropped value due to depression, home sickness and not being able to break into a poor side that was crying out for a tall forward. Completely different story.
You'e talking nonsense mate, there'd be 100 examples of players value dropping when they don' play as well as their draft pick suggests they should. Bolton has been playing like a rookie pick
 

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You'e talking nonsense mate, there'd be 100 examples of players value dropping when they don' play as well as their draft pick suggests they should. Bolton has been playing like a rookie pick
Agree to disagree. Think someone will pay handsomely for him.
 

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Bolton wouldn’t be worth much more than Freo got for Balic (Pick 66). Similar draft positions, similar form, similar situation.


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Unless you know something I don’t, Balic had serious personal issues (not sure what they are).
Bolton might just be homesick.
 

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Yep will ask for trade back home (to freo) at end of the year. Has talent but needs better application.
Reckon will Be a good ballantyne replacement in time tho
Worth 3rd to 4 th rounder
 

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He was the youngest player in the AFL last year.
He only turned 19 at the start of December 2017.

IMO he will go home and we have known that for a while hence why we drafted 2 more small forwards this year and kept Stengle on the rookie list.
We also have Maurice Rioli Jnr coming in a year or two as well.

Id be happy with a 2nd rounder as I dont think he has the mental toughness to make it in the AFL
 
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