- Jun 17, 2009
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
- Other Teams
Yes as it turned out they’ve had a salary cap squeeze anyway, but have so far turned it to advantage by unloading some quite good players in exchange for further high draft currency (Smith, Shiel, Patton, Scully, etc etc).With the amount of picks they have had their dud picks have become irrelevant because if they had hit on every pick they would have lost players due to salary cap restraint.
The way they used their concessions picks basically guaranteed them success even with SOS at the helm. They only had to hit 1 in 4-5 to build an elite core as they have.
Can’t wait til they start to struggle, they will be in dire peril after 3 bad years. No one will care
What I’m not convinced about is whether they’ve built a real *team* yet ... or have they just assembled a bunch of high quality mercenaries in orange jumpers?
The constant revolving door of high quality players would be unsettling. It wouldn’t make it easy to build a united list who play for their club and teammates above all else.