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Some Idiot

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I kinda thought he'd explode this year after some of his more electric performances last year but he seems to be around the same level as last year
 

HairyO

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I actually really like Derm's view on footy - he's a bit like a non-senile Malcolm Blight. The bugger stitched us up a few too many times as a player though.

He is good in small doses. He loves to discuss intricacies while the game goes on around him, which can be annoying. Though he is certainly preferable to anyone Ch 7 uses. In fact, 90% of the Fox Footy people are better than the Ch 7 people.
 

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theyellowsash

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I kinda thought he'd explode this year after some of his more electric performances last year but he seems to be around the same level as last year
hes only averaging 19d (bont averages 21), 2g 1.3b (far more than bont and cripps), 1.1 assists (more than cripps, just less than botempelli on 1.4), 4.4 clearances (more than bontempelli), 5 inside 50 (more than bont and just less than cripps on 5.2).

speaking generally he's 9th in the league for centre clearance averages (6th total centre clearances), 6th in goal assists, 5th in score involvements. so he's high up in midfield numbers all while scoring at the rate of a pure forward.

if he doesnt get any better, hes already bloody damn good. if you think he can get significantly better, well thats scary.
 

Some Idiot

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hes only averaging 19d (bont averages 21), 2g 1.3b (far more than bont and cripps), 1.1 assists (more than cripps, just less than botempelli on 1.4), 4.4 clearances (more than bontempelli), 5 inside 50 (more than bont and just less than cripps on 5.2).

speaking generally he's 9th in the league for centre clearance averages (6th total centre clearances), 6th in goal assists, 5th in score involvements. so he's high up in midfield numbers all while scoring at the rate of a pure forward.

if he doesnt get any better, hes already bloody damn good. if you think he can get significantly better, well thats scary.
I'll concede he's kicked more goals than I realised. Some of the games I've watched he's gone missing for large periods when the game was on the line though.
 

HavUEvaSeenTheRain

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hes only averaging 19d (bont averages 21), 2g 1.3b (far more than bont and cripps), 1.1 assists (more than cripps, just less than botempelli on 1.4), 4.4 clearances (more than bontempelli), 5 inside 50 (more than bont and just less than cripps on 5.2).

speaking generally he's 9th in the league for centre clearance averages (6th total centre clearances), 6th in goal assists, 5th in score involvements. so he's high up in midfield numbers all while scoring at the rate of a pure forward.

if he doesnt get any better, hes already bloody damn good. if you think he can get significantly better, well thats scary.
Bont has been playing with injuries and Cripps was injured in the first quarter in one game.
Comparing say clearances to Cripps is also pointless because someone like Bailey is closer to Bolton then Bolton is to Cripps and Bailey has more goals and about 1 less touch then Bolton. They are completely different players and roles

You are right though on that he doesn’t even have to improve anymore and he is an incredible player.
 

VinnieB

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Bolton has velcro hands. And a contortionist's body. And speed. And a leap. And IQ. He's what I thought flyin Ryan could become. But Shai got their first. He is a RIDICULUOS player, one can only laugh with glee.
Sounds like love
 

Falcon3518

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Could be, he has been better than Trac was at the same age for the last 3 years. He won’t be as fat as Trac either.
 

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Falcon3518

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Have you ever posted anything on here and thought this isn't complete drivel? Didn't think so.

None of it’s wrong, Trac himself says he wasn’t fit enough pre 2021. So he did a massive preseason going into 2021 and it paid off. I’m not sure Shai will have that problem.

Also Shai is better than Trac at the same age easily, but that doesn’t mean he could get to Trac’s standards now.
 

Noidnadroj

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I was trying to think of another player … from any era… who possessed the following attributes

1. Lighting quick and agile.
2. Can stand on people’s heads.
3. Skilled off both feet.
4. Can stand up in the tackle.
5. Can kick 60m.
6. An excellent clearance player.
7. Kicks goals from anywhere.

Shai needs to continue developing consistency and probably build his tank to be in the conversation as the best, but at his age he’s on track to be in the conversation.

Can anyone think of other players with his skill set as I can’t think of anyone who can basically do anything on a footy field like Bolton can.


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Noidnadroj

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hes only averaging 19d (bont averages 21), 2g 1.3b (far more than bont and cripps), 1.1 assists (more than cripps, just less than botempelli on 1.4), 4.4 clearances (more than bontempelli), 5 inside 50 (more than bont and just less than cripps on 5.2).

speaking generally he's 9th in the league for centre clearance averages (6th total centre clearances), 6th in goal assists, 5th in score involvements. so he's high up in midfield numbers all while scoring at the rate of a pure forward.

if he doesnt get any better, hes already bloody damn good. if you think he can get significantly better, well thats scary.

Bolton has attended 151 centre bounces for 28 clearances = 18.5%

Cripps has attended 181 for 28 = 14.9%

Oliver 193 for 31 = 16.1%

I didn’t find an easy way to do this so I’ve only checked those 3 players. Needless to say if Bolton played permanent centre square his centre clearance numbers would be off the charts.


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Kreuuuzeurns

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I was trying to think of another player … from any era… who possessed the following attributes

1. Lighting quick and agile.
2. Can stand on people’s heads.
3. Skilled off both feet.
4. Can stand up in the tackle.
5. Can kick 60m.
6. An excellent clearance player.
7. Kicks goals from anywhere.

Shai needs to continue developing consistency and probably build his tank to be in the conversation as the best, but at his age he’s on track to be in the conversation.

Can anyone think of other players with his skill set as I can’t think of anyone who can basically do anything on a footy field like Bolton can.


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Damian Cupido
 

Vassp

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Noah Balta's skill set is rarer and more valuable imo.
not even close, love what Noah brings.... a total freak of an athlete. But Shai has so much class, speed, and agility, Just in a different league.

Even dusty said he is the most talented at the club.
One player we do have other than Dusty that is nearly on par talent-wise is Sydney Stack.--just needs to find himself.
 

JasRulz63

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I was trying to think of another player … from any era… who possessed the following attributes

1. Lighting quick and agile.
2. Can stand on people’s heads.
3. Skilled off both feet.
4. Can stand up in the tackle.
5. Can kick 60m.
6. An excellent clearance player.
7. Kicks goals from anywhere.

Shai needs to continue developing consistency and probably build his tank to be in the conversation as the best, but at his age he’s on track to be in the conversation.

Can anyone think of other players with his skill set as I can’t think of anyone who can basically do anything on a footy field like Bolton can.


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Jason Akermanis could do a few of those. The Cupido suggestion above is a great one, had so much natural talent.
 

Osho

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not even close, love what Noah brings.... a total freak of an athlete. But Shai has so much class, speed, and agility, Just in a different league.

Even dusty said he is the most talented at the club.
One player we do have other than Dusty that is nearly on par talent-wise is Sydney Stack.--just needs to find himself.
I think Bolta will take more time. His size gives him something a smaller bloke won't have, higher numbers of contested marking and nullifying oppo talls. These are potential match winning traits at either end, in the same game. Plus Bolta's speed is incredible for his size. He's unfinished, be great to see his development next couple of years.

I've already declared my love of Shai, no need to say more about his talents.
 

Osho

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People were questioning Dusty even in 2015. So if anything, Derm was changing his view before the pack.
Derm was certainly ahead of the pack regards Tigers in 2017. Before the finals he was talking about how they get stronger through the game and run over teams by the end, something he harped on for each of their big finals wins. In each one, there was a wrestle before the avalanche.
 

catscollector

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Jun 30, 2018
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Awesome player but they aren't sitting inside the top eight if not for their most valuable player thus far.

And if you happen to like money, another bag is a foregone conclusion this weekend.
 

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