- May 27, 2008
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Socceroos, Melbourne Victory
I'm well aware Moore to defence hasn't happened yet. I'm also well aware the club has only spoken of the idea as a pre-season trial. I added the caveat in my post that it was if it was a permanent or semi permanent move and posted on that basis."Firmly" seems a hasty reaction.
Firstly, we don't even know it's happening yet, but let's assume it is:
What if we are signing a big name KPF in 2018? Let's say it's Lynch. Then I think the move makes complete sense. In that scenario we need a star KPD. Anyone we'll draft will take too long. We don't have the currency to trade or sign both a KPF and a KPD. So the only way to complete our spine is to move Moore into defence. We then have a completed spine, and for mine, a completed list build for the start of 2019.
I think if Lynch is coming, then moving Moore back is pretty much essential. Two star key forwards and no star key backs is just not going to work. With Moore in defence and Lynch up forward we have a beautifully balanced spine and a team that is ready to compete. Keep Moore forward and we have McLarty, an ageing Reid and any drafted players as key backs going into 2019. That's just not good enough to compete seriously.
Alternatively if we're moving him back simply because we feel it's his best position and we don't have a KPF on the way, then I'd be against it too, but we need to wait and see the full context.
When we're talking about things that haven't happened yet i'd say Lynch fits that! In that hypothetical do we move Moore back in the hope we snare Lynch to get ahead of the game? On the one hand it'd show foresight and balls. On the other, my strong preference is to develop a Lynch and Moore forward combo.
That would be one heck of a combo. You'd have the tactical flexibility to throw Moore into the ruck or behind the ball as circumstance dictates. Safe in the knowledge Lynch is the anchor and you don't sacrifice forward structure doing it. It would take a lot of pressure off Moore not needing to hold the forward line together and I reckon he'd come into his own as a forward in that environment.
I appreciate you have a strong view to the contrary of that and would prefer to spread the talent and height. I just disagree. I see the potential for a great forward strength there in the scenario we land Lynch.
I also rate what we have on the list in defence. I like McLarty. I still think Reid has good footy in him. It'll be interesting to see if Dunn and Goldsack can maintain the rage. But that group buys us enough time to look at drafting and developing a key back this year and/or looking at a free agent option in two years time.