Toast Welcome 2021 MSD pick #4 - Patrick Parnell!!

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Nige_Bix

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Hopefully we will hear from the club and they will explain the selection, as they could have gone a few ways given what was available. I'm sure the lad is stoked and good luck to him. Let's hope he can settle in well and show us what he is capable of.
 

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I’ll just repeat Jeffcrowe’s post from the other thread as he’s summed it up perfectly.


I reckon we need someone who can carry the ball and kick it with skill but maybe that’s just me

I’m relieved we didn’t recruit a contested ball king with average speed that is an average kick that can only play midfield like we normally do
 

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Hopefully we will hear from the club and they will explain the selection, as they could have gone a few ways given what was available. I'm sure the lad is stoked and good luck to him. Let's hope he can settle in well and show us what he is capable of.

Hamish explains here that we locked into him a couple of weeks ago as best available
 

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Welcome Parnell! Sounds like the club has long-term plans for him, hopefully they pan out.

I have a question. Why was he still available here? Given his age, he would have been eligible for the 2020 draft. Did he put his name in the mix but get overlooked by every club last year? Has he suddenly come out of the clouds this year? Did he not get to play any footy last year with Covid?
 

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Welcome Parnell! Sounds like the club has long-term plans for him, hopefully they pan out.

I have a question. Why was he still available here? Given his age, he would have been eligible for the 2020 draft. Did he put his name in the mix but get overlooked by every club last year? Has he suddenly come out of the clouds this year? Did he not get to play any footy last year with Covid?
Full list of 2020 AFL draft nominated players - post 2

1018 nominations and 106 picked up (59 ND, 26 rookies, 9 CatB, 12 PSSSP).
 

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Plays in defence, but looks very attacking, future midfield role maybe/hopefully
 

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I'm pretty happy with this selection. There was heaps of talk about Vic kids who missed the draft who would put their hand up this year, looks like we got one.

- only 19
- above average kicking skills
- speed
- great decision maker
- hardness
- attacking play maker

Feels like we just got early, free access to a kid we would have liked in the national draft.
Apparently he is better than an average kick

He is an elite kick on both sides of the body

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hopefully he can put a bit of pressure on Luke Brown. Brown has always been a good stopper but (despite his pre-draft highlights tape) never offered much dash
 

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No I realise know very little about Patrick but just don't understand it why picked another small slight player when already over loaded with .
Also seemed like a good year with last season Vic COVID no games to have a free shot at some real prospects , so don't know why only 1 pick .
I’ve always been critical of the crows visibly copying team and game styles of other clubs after they have been successful. Copying but not being the originator like going for good kicks like Hawthorn a few years ago or tenacious small like Richmond. Maybe this is us developing a team with our stamp, build of scrawny, short, back men. It’s worth a shot.
 

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Well I can't say I would have called it, but more then happy to check this kid out. From the wraps and footage he certainly has some AFL level traits, my only concern is how long it will take him to put it into a AFL ready physique.

I'm assuming we took him on an 18 month contract right?
 

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Apparently he is better than an average kick

He is an elite kick on both sides of the body

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It’s not apparently, you actually see him do a sweet left-foot pass on the last kick of the highlights video on page 1 of this thread. He has the potential kicking ability of someone like Sholl looking at the highlights.

Both similar in appearance and style, I get a Lachie Neale vibe with this guy. Also I can see him as a potential midfielder/wingman, he has the weapons to distribute it to our forward line.
 

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Well I can't say I would have called it, but more then happy to check this kid out. From the wraps and footage he certainly has some AFL level traits, my only concern is how long it will take him to put it into a AFL ready physique.

I'm assuming we took him on an 18 month contract right?
You’d think at least 18 months. No way is he slotting in the AFL side this year, barring some major catastrophe with injuries to the smalls brigade.
 

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Our movement of the ball from defence has been a huge issue the last few years. If he’s somewhere in the Sholl style of player, on both feet, we could sure use him bringing the ball from half back. Hopefully he is clean with his hands like Sholl and not fumbly like Hammil. Good luck to him.
 

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You’d think at least 18 months. No way is he slotting in the AFL side this year, barring some major catastrophe with injuries to the smalls brigade.
He probably isn't, however don't sleep on an outside player who is quick and has good skills quickly rising up the ranks. Especially if he's hard at it.

There is certainly a pathway this year, albeit its very unlikely. Would need to start laying waste to the SANFL within the next month to have a shot.
 

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Welcome Parnell! Sounds like the club has long-term plans for him, hopefully they pan out.

I have a question. Why was he still available here? Given his age, he would have been eligible for the 2020 draft. Did he put his name in the mix but get overlooked by every club last year? Has he suddenly come out of the clouds this year? Did he not get to play any footy last year with Covid?
From Hamish's comments it would indicate that there was some concerns in his 17 year that he was very slight and 'was a different player'. With no footy in VIC last year they could only go on the vision from his 17 year and by Hamish's comments he has come on leaps and bounds and is hitting big numbers in 2021 with sweet skills.

Nicksy's game plan is about speed of ball movement and taking the game on, which this kid seems to suit, so would be an amazing result if he turns out to be a decent player, for what is essentially a free hit.
 

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Highlights look okay, but looks like he needs 2 years in the gym.
Maybe 3 or 4 :think::grin:.
Another skinny, pale kid (needs some sunshine too! :sneaky: ).
Highlights show that he kicks and handballs to advantage (ie to space, not at the player), can mark overhead, high DE.

But: 178 cms. (he's 19, still growing?), same height as Tyson Edwards, and imo the Crows really need big-bodied, skilful mids.

I hope he turns out well and has a long, successful career with the Crows.
 

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Seems to suit the Nicks game style so at least we are picking to spec these days. Will hold my judgement on him until I have seen him do a bit in the SANFL.
 

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