Mega Thread The Former Player Thread: Part 2

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GCB85

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In all the years as a junior member going to clinics and family days and now as an uncle taking his nieces and nephews, there has only been one player I have come across that didn't give the light of day to the kids and that was Dunkley. Came across as an A grade flog. Know of colleagues that know the family and when the recruiting saga first occurred the words mummy's boy were used and it was indicated he didn't want to be too far from the family.
 

wilsonmatic

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So he wasn't happy for the swans in 2005?Dunkley has s**t bloke written all over him. I used to like him alot as a player, but he can get stuffed now. Couldn't kick for s**t anyway and should have touched that ball on the goal line in 96 granny.
 

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Ticky009

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Well done Tony Armstrong, hope he does well in his new chosen profession.

But a horrible fact that it’s taken until now.
 

scaryness

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Have a listen to ROK
Probably because they are draftees and shouldn't need to make an immediate impact.

Same goes for every sport, the media hypes up draft picks as the answer to any teams problems when it can take years for that player to have an impact. Then they get called a bust or a disappointment when it was unrealistic expectations that started it.
 

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Wasn't Paul Roos one of the strongest proponents of the view that draftees should be given time for their bodies to develop before making their senior debut?

There is some merit in that view IMO, though it depends on the player of course. Some very high draft picks can be ready to go from Day 1 if they have the talent, for example.
 

DavyRed

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Probably because they are draftees and shouldn't need to make an immediate impact.

Same goes for every sport, the media hypes up draft picks as the answer to any teams problems when it can take years for that player to have an impact. Then they get called a bust or a disappointment when it was unrealistic expectations that started it.
Unfortunately this Board can be no better sometimes. We’ve had new recruits labelled as ‘spuds’ after literally playing only half a pre-season JLT game and on one occasion that sticks in my mind, a call for Florent to be traded out because he wasn’t consistent enough - after playing less than 50 games!
 

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TheGreatBambino

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Wasn't Paul Roos one of the strongest proponents of the view that draftees should be given time for their bodies to develop before making their senior debut?

There is some merit in that view IMO, though it depends on the player of course. Some very high draft picks can be ready to go from Day 1 if they have the talent, for example.
Would of been hard for some of the draftees during the Paul Roos era to develop in the AFL Canberra comp they were playing in back in those days.
 

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Unfortunately this Board can be no better sometimes. We’ve had new recruits labelled as ‘spuds’ after literally playing only half a pre-season JLT game and on one occasion that sticks in my mind, a call for Florent to be traded out because he wasn’t consistent enough - after playing less than 50 games!
This is a past players thread.
 

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