So how long will it be before we’re actually a top, feared and unstoppable team - like we were in the olden days?

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shinboner magic

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Once the stench of Brad has aired out of the club we'll be ok.
Yes correct - If bard was coaching Today and we came that close he’d be happy in the presser and giving them pats on the back. Hopefully Rhyce ripped into them for only playing a quarter of footy

We are competitive at the moment and playing crap - get a decent rebounding defender and a crumber in the forward line and we’ll improve quite a bit. Add that to our young players that will improve their consistency
 

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Mr north man

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5 years of patience by 1st of all don’t trade away are 2 -1st round picks for this year and ONLY re sign certain players EG: Brown others either trade or delist plus bring in a proper and I mean proper skills coach that can teach us to kick around the ground and at goal plus handball would be good.
 

Shermanator

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Chill. First year and under extremely difficult circumstances

I have belief
Bang on.

Have faith, we have a very good coach now and once we get our roster right, happy days are here again.
 

Cool Kangas

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The soft cap couldn’t have come along at a worse time for us with young players coming on who will need specialist line Coaches over the next 3/4 years.

Anyway I am still trying to pick myself up off the floor as I come to terms with “Olden Days”
haha! These days I feel like those days were in fact the olden days...the good old days 😜
 

Marstermind

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Simpkin, Zurhaar, Larkey, LDU, TT are all 20-22 and shown they up to the standard. Let's say they hit their peak in 3-4 years. Let's also hope the other 22 or under blokes on the list become something (Mahony, Perez, Comben, Scott, Crocker, Bonar, McGuinness Crocker, Xerri, Murphy, Walker, McKay)

However, currently we have the best key defender in the game (31yo), one of the best rucks (31), 2 elite mids (32 & 28), one of the best tall forwards (27). Tarrant, Goldstein and Higgins don't have 3-4 years left in them. Likewise the 29yos - Ziebell, Daw, Hall, Pittard.

Then we have blokes who are 23-26 who are genuine C-graders. OK, some deserving of a spot for now, but probably below what we hoped they'd be for whatever reason and unlikely to get better - Garner, Ahern, Wood, Turner, Anderson, Dumont, McDonald, Williams. How many of these do we want around in 3-4 years? Are they tradable? What could we get?

Then there's the deadwood. 27/28yos who have no improvement in them, have been around for ages and offer little to nothing now. Macmillan, Atley, Jacobs :(, Campbell, Tyson.

The only blokes not covered in the categories above are J.Walker & Polec (brought in from other clubs to fill specific roles) and Hosie & Durdin.

IF we jettison the deadwood now (ie only play them when there just aren't any other options and move them on ASAP) AND reduce our reliance on the C-graders and maybe shop a few around at the end of the year AND develop the young guns to A-grade material and maybe find a couple in the unproven youngsters AND smash the ears off of the draft/trade period......I reckon we could challenge next year and be "feared and unstoppable" for a couple of years after that. But the window is small because after that Taz, Higgins and Goldy will just about be done, and Brown and Cunnington will start heading off the cliff.
 

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