Prediction The son of Chris Johnson

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Luke Hodge replacement?
Really? :think:

Massive call for a 17 year old that would be lucky to be a second rounder, although we’d certainly take it; if he doesn’t choose Essendon given he’s in their NGA.

Eligible for this years draft.
 

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if he doesn’t choose Essendon given he’s in their NGA.
How is there still nothing being said about these NGA's? Boggles the mind that a player can be the son of an AFL player yet be eligible for an academy pathway which puts in literally no development time or money towards their players?
 

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How is there still nothing being said about these NGA's? Boggles the mind that a player can be the son of an AFL player yet be eligible for an academy pathway which puts in literally no development time or money towards their players?
Because it benefits the Melbourne clubs.
 

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I assumed father/son overrides zones
Nope; it’s the players choice e.g. John Blakey’s son choosing the Swans Academy over Dad’s F/S (North or Brisbane) and conversely Robert Scott’s son choosing North as a F/S when he could have chosen Geelong as a F/S or Gold Coast due to being in their Academy.
 

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We can have father sons from other clubs in our academy. What’s the difference?

Blakey’s dad didn’t play for Sydney
Actually developing the players and investing time and money for a start. Not sure of the merit of father sons in the academies but it's not like these clubs are actually doing anything for the players, TAC cup does it all for them. Father son is a ridiculous rule anyway.
 

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We can have father sons from other clubs in our academy. What’s the difference?

Blakey’s dad didn’t play for Sydney
The difference is, whether the AFL wants to admit it or not, we remain and outpost. And the idea of a former premiership hero’s son playing for the club just may spark some interest in those fans from the glory days.


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The difference is, whether the AFL wants to admit it or not, we remain and outpost. And the idea of a former premiership hero’s son playing for the club just may spark some interest in those fans from the glory days.


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I don’t like the idea of a second set of rules for Queensland teams. Sure allow us to have comparable off field facilities and coaching and support staff but especially with the club seemingly on the right track i don’t want any success tainted by handouts.
 

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I don’t like the idea of a second set of rules for Queensland teams. Sure allow us to have comparable off field facilities and coaching and support staff but especially with the club seemingly on the right track i don’t want any success tainted by handouts.
Our final handout was in the form of Fagan and Noble and a second round priority pick!
 

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I don’t like the idea of a second set of rules for Queensland teams. Sure allow us to have comparable off field facilities and coaching and support staff but especially with the club seemingly on the right track i don’t want any success tainted by handouts.
Same rule should apply to all no argument there. The issue is there is no way in hell Chris Johnson’s son should be in an academy designed to promote access to kids who otherwise wouldn’t access AFL footy.


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Same goes for Blakey at the Swans.
The NGA academies were explained as servicing underrepresented parts of the AFL community. The northern academies weren't, instead focusing on increasing junior participation in part by providing a means to stay at their local club like the NRL offers. Blakey worked perfectly - other kids can look at a Sydneysider getting to stay in Sydney.
 

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At the end of the day he does not have to nominate for either us or Essendon ala Murphy who ended up at Carlton. Agree though Essendon should not be getting the opportunity for a free ride discounted selection if he nominates them.
 

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Same goes for Blakey at the Swans.
Regardless whether you believe this or not the question remains - what have Essendon done to contribute to the development of Johnson which should see them get first rights to drafting him?
 
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