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How much of the preseason is Talia missing? I wouldnt get your hopes up on him coming on till much later in the year.

Its the one thing we have learnt over many many preseasons. You miss a chunk of it and your H&A season is screwed at least the first part.
 

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Keep him at half back, his rebound will be invaluable for this club. Same role McLeod played so brilliantly for us.
I agree

Wayne really started to find his feet in the back half of the 2018 season, his game is built for the modern running HB player and he seems like he really understands this role.

Would I like to see him move to the midfield one day, absolutely

however IMO there is a risk of doing this to early, I sense the club will let him establish himself as genuine and consistent AFL player at HB before eventually moving him to the midfield
 

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How much of the preseason is Talia missing? I wouldnt get your hopes up on him coming on till much later in the year.

Its the one thing we have learnt over many many preseasons. You miss a chunk of it and your H&A season is screwed at least the first part.
Pyke mentioned the JLT. Obviously can't take that as gospel, but I don't think he'll miss as much pre season as you suggest.

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I agree

Wayne really started to find his feet in the back half of the 2018 season, his game is built for the modern running HB player and he seems like he really understands this role.

Would I like to see him move to the midfield one day, absolutely

however IMO there is a risk of doing this to early, I sense the club will let him establish himself as genuine and consistent AFL player at HB before eventually moving him to the midfield
Yep spot on.
 

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Nice JJ.

From the article: "Milera thrived, averaging 22.5 disposals, 5.6 marks and 6.6 intercepts from his final seven games of 2018 as he provided the Crows with excellent drive and efficiency off half-back. "

I have wanted to see him pushed up to the midfield throughout this season, but really, he should spend the whole season at half back. We have 4 top quality mids + Greenwood ready to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
 
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Nice JJ.

From the article: "Milera thrived, averaging 22.5 disposals, 5.6 marks and 6.6 intercepts from his final seven games of 2018 as he provided the Crows with excellent drive and efficiency off half-back. "

I have wanted to see him pushed up to the midfield throughout this season, but really, he should spend the whole season at half back. We have 4 top quality mids + Greenwood ready to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
This season I would play Milera, Smith & Laird mainly as half backs, with occasional run in the midfield.

This would allow us to use Gibbs & perhaps Sloane in stints across half back.

Gives us more flexibility.

Would like us to try Milera on ball fo a whole game against a lesser team for experience.
 

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Nice JJ.

From the article: "Milera thrived, averaging 22.5 disposals, 5.6 marks and 6.6 intercepts from his final seven games of 2018 as he provided the Crows with excellent drive and efficiency off half-back. "

I have wanted to see him pushed up to the midfield throughout this season, but really, he should spend the whole season at half back. We have 4 top quality mids + Greenwood ready to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
Last year we were shit at centre clearances and this year centre clearances will be crucial. Yes we will have Sloane and Brad back full time which should help but you can never have enough quality in the middle.

And of all our midfielders, Milera would be the one likely to break clear and hit a target, again something which will be of major benefit with 6-6-6.

Midfielders are the real match winners and we need to know how good Milera can be there.

Mileras one downfall last year was his costly turnovers in defence, why put him in that position and in a position where he’s got to waste time defending? I’d rather see him as an attacking weapon.

Plus now we have Smith down back, we are going to have enough run back there and he’s a better penetrating pick.
 

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Milera is probably the player I’m most eager to watch in 2019!

I want to see him do thing other players wouldn’t even know are things that can be done!

We saw the start of it last season, but Im desperate for more!!!
 

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Definitely saw flashes of his brilliance last year. I think he could be the best in the AFL in terms of a combination of strong hips and lateral quickness. And those 2 qualities alone make him a super player
 

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Last year we were shit at centre clearances and this year centre clearances will be crucial. Yes we will have Sloane and Brad back full time which should help but you can never have enough quality in the middle.

And of all our midfielders, Milera would be the one likely to break clear and hit a target, again something which will be of major benefit with 6-6-6.

Midfielders are the real match winners and we need to know how good Milera can be there.

Mileras one downfall last year was his costly turnovers in defence, why put him in that position and in a position where he’s got to waste time defending? I’d rather see him as an attacking weapon.

Plus now we have Smith down back, we are going to have enough run back there and he’s a better penetrating pick.
All true. But he can do a lot of damage if he dominates at half back. He can be our QB setting up scoring from defence. But I would like to see him spend stints there, but on the whole I think we will have midfield pretty well covered. Cant really compare last year to what we should expect this year. Sloane was injured, out of form. Matt wasn't anywhere near his 2017 levels. Hopefully this year we will have all 4 of those guys in top form as well as Greenwood taking the next step. If that happens, then I think we can let those guys do the bulk of the midfield work. Use Knight as a defensive midfielder as needed. Still give Milera some exposure for 2020 and beyond, but hopefully like I said he can QB attacking plays from our half back line.
 

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A gun.

I can see him play in defense with more stints in the middle this year. I really hope to see him going back to his roots and play as a midfield-forward sometime in the foreseeable future. He was doing some handy goal snaps in his first few games. Imagine what he can do now with confidence in his body and the extra endurance capacity!
 

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Would I like to see him move to the midfield one day, absolutely

however IMO there is a risk of doing this to early, I sense the club will let him establish himself as genuine and consistent AFL player at HB before eventually moving him to the midfield
Are these the same spidey senses that told you Dangerfield was staying?
 

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BOLD CALL; But - I think 2019 will be the first year that Wayne Milera makes the All-Australian squad.
I would like to think so, however, the usual protocol is for the Vic media to recognise him first, then and only then can the recognition and adulation flow. The Brownlow tends to follow this path too.
 

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We've had the likes of humdrum players like Mackay, Reilly, Shirley, Connell, Wright, Henderson, Symes, Eccles etc run through our midfield/wing positions over the years but Milera isn't ready for it? Really?
Lets hope he isn't the next Johncock.
 

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People underestimate how important a strong HB line is for us if they think Milera playing HB makes him a "lesser" player.

Having said that given his evasiveness and strong core, midfield is his future.

Short stints this and next year with 2021 being a full time mid when Gibbs retires.

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Not sure there is room, or even a need to be playing both Smith and Milera off half back. You do need 1 or 2 blokes back there defending.

Milera looks to me to be that next level prime mover. He has the game and now has the tank and body to drive the side.

Midfield for me.
 

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Not sure there is room, or even a need to be playing both Smith and Milera off half back. You do need 1 or 2 blokes back there defending.

Milera looks to me to be that next level prime mover. He has the game and now has the tank and body to drive the side.

Midfield for me.
Exactly. Our defence with Smith back there:

Brown Talia Doedee
Laird Hartigan Smith

Sides are going to struggle to play the seventh defender now with 6-6-6, so unless Milera just becomes a rotation where does he fit?

With the new kick in rule Smith has to play defence, plus he has had a year out, plus Smiths turnovers are normally 50 metres away, Mileras were 15-30 which resulted in goals.
 

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Exactly. Our defence with Smith back there:

Brown Talia Doedee
Laird Hartigan Smith

Sides are going to struggle to play the seventh defender now with 6-6-6, so unless Milera just becomes a rotation where does he fit?

With the new kick in rule Smith has to play defence, plus he has had a year out, plus Smiths turnovers are normally 50 metres away, Mileras were 15-30 which resulted in goals.
Precisely this. Milera to play wing and slot it at HB only for occasional rotations.
 

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Not sure there is room, or even a need to be playing both Smith and Milera off half back. You do need 1 or 2 blokes back there defending.

Milera looks to me to be that next level prime mover. He has the game and now has the tank and body to drive the side.

Midfield for me.
Especially with 6-6-6 coming in this year. You need more pure defenders now more than ever. Smith is not a pure defender, nor is Milera. Milera has to play midfield using his evasive skills on the outside to help win the clearances.
 
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