Thats who i thought when we drafted him as well but Gehrig was not as big as Balta at the same ageI can see the rance comparisons but can also see alot of frazer gehrig in him as well
They had Ashley McIntosh & Fraser Gherig who were both lightening fast and tall with great agilityWinger and scary
We definitely need him much more down in defence right now.Balta might be wasted in the back line. He looks to be one of those players who can do anything. I reckon you could stick him in the forward line and he'd kick a bag.
How tall is he? Can he play in the ruck and then just follow the ball around? The more times he puts his hands on the ball the more likely good things will happen.
Defence suits him, for now at least. He doesn't have to think as much and his athleticism and strength allows him to do the job. If he develops even further then maybe move him. But we need a monster KPD, and he is doing that very well.We definitely need him much more down in defence right now.
Watch a few of Rance or Astburys earlier games , conning the umps is something that comes with experience . They are also probably dirty that he hooked up with the best looker within their ranks.I know the free for Taberner's goal wasn't a free - but it seems to me he does give away slightly more 'last-line' frees than an average KPD.
Maybe he's still being treated by the umps as 'Young kid got to earn his stripes'. Maybe he just looks clumsy.
It's always that scary option...quality, mobile talls can just dominate on the wing. Trouble is, they're usually more useful elsewhere and the cases where it's worked have always been short term with the player just not able to play in a Key position for some reason (e.g. Richo making space for Jack).Winger and scary