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SydCrow

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Thankfully you went with a number that tends to get held on to, I have 44 on the back of mine which has gone from Matt Crouch to Lachlan Murphy and now with Gollant.

I had it ages ago and went with 44 because I wanted to go with someone different so I went with Matt Crouch (back around 2015).

I've been asked a few times before "who's number 44", I got sick of telling people that it's a five year old Matt Crouch guensery so once as a joke I said it's for Tom Warhurst and got a blank stare 🤣
you could say you just liked Josh Jenkins so much you had his number twice
 

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Nah, McHenry is just way too small to be an effective tagger, seeing he'd be giving up 10+ cm and 10+ kg on the players you want him tagging (the Petraccas, Bontempellis, Fyfes, Martins, Dangerfields of this world). Tenacity and effort can only get you so far when you're out of your weight division.

That's for the O'Connors/Keays of this world.
Yep, usually the case that defensive mids need at least some resemblance of good height to perform an effective job on those types. Keays is a good example at about 185, which is probably the minimum height needed. Other examples include Greenwood, Drew, Steele, Yeo, Dunkley, Taranto, Crowley, Ben Jacobs etc
 

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Soggy2112

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Sounds like we might be continuing on with McHenry in the forward line. I'm kinda hoping he plays more in the middle in 2022.
He did mention in the midfield that he’s hoping to get a crack in the mids. I doubt he would say that publicly if it wasn’t on the cards internally.
 

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I don't think you've been watching close enough or you have a fixed view because he's just about the best player on our list for lowering his eyes and hitting up our leading forwards, a fact not missed by Justin Reid yesterday in his press release, a reason we were so attracted to Jordan Dawson.
Infuriatingly Mackay played games where he lowered eyes and hit targets. But for some reason in most games he ignored even trying and just dumped the ball long. But he could do it and did execute pretty well when he did.
 

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Sounds like we might be continuing on with McHenry in the forward line. I'm kinda hoping he plays more in the middle in 2022.
Berry and Pedlar probably ahead of him if our rotation is deepened. Despite being behind in terms of fitness, they were preferred this year. Even ROC in his 2 games got midfield minutes ahead of Ned. I had hoped that they didn’t want to risk his obvious progression, but you seem to think it’s more likely he’s not yet in that thinking. Disappointing if it turns out that way.
 

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Berry and Pedlar probably ahead of him if our rotation is deepened. Despite being behind in terms of fitness, they were preferred this year. Even ROC in his 2 games got midfield minutes ahead of Ned. I had hoped that they didn’t want to risk his obvious progression, but you seem to think it’s more likely he’s not yet in that thinking. Disappointing if it turns out that way.
Didn't the club say recently that they're planning more midfield time for him?
 

1970crow

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Didn't the club say recently that they're planning more midfield time for him?
Not sure. I was commenting based on Moogle gleaning differently from whatever he heard. I hope you’re right though. At a minimum it means a deeper rotation. Reckon he could be really suffocating at the stoppage but then set up a damaging possession change.
 

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Yes, why would you not use the elite running strengths of a player ? .....I think people's POV is rooted in what they see a player was in the last couple of years ...not what he's becoming
Mids need more than being an elite runner, Ned has a long way to go if he wants to be a full time mid. His attributes suit the forward half
 

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Not sure why you’d want to put any player in a pre prepared box. They’ll have lots of practice games between themselves and the scheduled pre season games. Whoever is playing best in a particular role will get the job.

Surely that’s the way to go isn’t it.
 

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I think this is partly due to the disconnect between the recruiters and the coaches having different ideas
A bit like we drafted Jones as a midfielder but he is now playing in the backlines
Because he was no good as a midfielder.

Anyway, having players all over the ground that can play in a stoppage seems like a worthwhile objective to me. Even if Ned isn't attending many CBs there are plenty of stoppages in the forward half he could play 'midfield' in.
 

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Mids need more than being an elite runner, Ned has a long way to go if he wants to be a full time mid. His attributes suit the forward half
We've lacked 2-way runners in our midfield ....that & a preparedness to play defensive footy and harass the opposition mids with hard tackling

We tend to only look at Mids offensive games
 

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Ned's an endurance beast. His running is not one of his deficiencies.

I don't see how anybody could say that Ned looks like a natural forward.
I didn't say Ned is a natural forward or that running is a deficiency. High HF means he can attend stoppages but start forward and push up. He's done very little to date to suggest he deserves starting mid rotations.
 

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