Welcome: 2021 Pick #36 - Jake Soligo

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Why would we draft Rowe so early only last year (2nd round?) for him to toil in the SANFL?

I'm not his biggest fan but you'd hope he has some improvement in him to become an AFL quality player.

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It was our fifth pick in that draft (and the draft would end in the next 20 picks), so it's not particularly early.

Seems like by that point, we were looking purely at needs and Rowe fit that bill. There is certainly an element to this draft that indicates we're not particularly happy with how Rowe progressed.
 

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Why would we draft Rowe so early only last year (2nd round?) for him to toil in the SANFL?

I'm not his biggest fan but you'd hope he has some improvement in him to become an AFL quality player.

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He could improve by losing a few kilos from his boof head.
 

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Jimmy Rowe and Murph would be shaking in their boots
What I like is this signifies a real culture emerging where we want a hungry group of young talented players with competition for spots.

Nicks has seen we lack speed, pressure forward, gut running types that have SKILL.
 

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It was our fifth pick in that draft (and the draft would end in the next 20 picks), so it's not particularly early.

Seems like by that point, we were looking purely at needs and Rowe fit that bill. There is certainly an element to this draft that indicates we're not particularly happy with how Rowe progressed.
Probably a few things, Rowey falling away late in the year being amongst them.

His (and Gollants) game against the Eagles late in the year when the team got smacked (again) shows he's far too good for SANFL level. He's got as much footy smarts as anyone on the list, but that might not be enough to save him unless he can make the jump.
 

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STRENGTHS:

+ Work rate
+ Accumulation
+ Clean hands
+ Agility
+ Kick penetration

IMPROVEMENTS:

+ Kick consistency
+ Hurt factor
looking at the improvements, he's perfect candidate to replace any of our primary 4 mids. And kick penetration is perfect for our patented high and long forward 50 entry system. And they say you don't draft for needs.
 

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Makes sense, it's a nice change from previous years where we had the crouch brothers stuck in the middle for 90% of the game as they can't play anywhere else.
You mean it will be a nice change when it happens. We didn't deviate from the 4 man midfield strategy this year, so it hasn't happened yet. Hopefully with full preseasons into Berry, Pedlar and Hately plus further progression from Ned, we'll see some sign of a change in midfield strategy. But we've not seen it yet.
 

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We might need to replace Van Berlo as midfield coach if we want to see a change of philosophy
True, but VB wouldn't have gotten the gig if his philosophy didn't align with Nicks who wouldn't have got the job if his philosophy didn't align with Roo. It's a bigger problem to overcome than just changing coaches.
 

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Moves and kicks like Hayden Ballantyne.

 

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Welcome aboard Jake. According to the NOB League getting to know clips the player he "moulds his game on" and "looks up to" is Rory Sloane. Works for me.
 

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A bit concerning when he said this about Adelaide "looking forward to seeing what it is like and living there for a bit" Does not sound convincing of him wanting to stay for the long term, but hopefully he plays well and gives us plenty of joy as Crows supporters.
 

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A bit concerning when he said this about Adelaide "looking forward to seeing what it is like and living there for a bit" Does not sound convincing of him wanting to stay for the long term, but hopefully he plays well and gives us plenty of joy as Crows supporters.
Would no doubt be daunting.

I suspect he hasn't done much media either.
 

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A bit concerning when he said this about Adelaide "looking forward to seeing what it is like and living there for a bit" Does not sound convincing of him wanting to stay for the long term, but hopefully he plays well and gives us plenty of joy as Crows supporters.
A very, very ordinary thing for a young draftee to say. But agree with hey shorty that he will be very green and having never even visited Adelaide before you never know, he may like it, and enjoy playing for the Crows.

"Looking forward to seeing what it is like and living there for a bit" sure sounds like he'll be checking things out and getting out asap.

You would reckon the club does some due diligence on these kids, maybe it's just inexperience with media, but maybe he said what he is thinking?

I like the selections and what Jake and Zac bring as players. Both Josh Rachele and Zac appear stoked to have been drafted by us, and from a talent perspective both I reckon rate higher than Jake. So it's disappointing that he appears less enthused and would say this in an interview.

Time will tell I suppose. But we really want players who want to be at the club.
 

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A very, very ordinary thing for a young draftee to say. But agree with hey shorty that he will be very green and having never even visited Adelaide before you never know, he may like it, and enjoy playing for the Crows.

"Looking forward to seeing what it is like and living there for a bit" sure sounds like he'll be checking things out and getting out asap.

You would reckon the club does some due diligence on these kids, maybe it's just inexperience with media, but maybe he said what he is thinking?

I like the selections and what Jake and Zac bring as players. Both Josh Rachele and Zac appear stoked to have been drafted by us, and from a talent perspective both I reckon rate higher than Jake. So it's disappointing that he appears less enthused and would say this in an interview.

Time will tell I suppose. But we really want players who want to be at the club.
Geez folks calm the farm I've listened to the interview and firmly believe it was just what came out without any thought it would be misconstrued by folk looking for an excuse to doubt his long term retention.
 

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God people wet the bed easily these days.

A bit could be 5 years, 10 maybe.... That's a bit of his life
I'm not "wetting the bed". And when you are 18 "a bit" isn't 5-10 years.

There's been players devastated to be drafted by us that stayed long term like Radar, and others that made bold statements about being here long term like Lever.

So there's no "bed wetting", it's just an ordinary thing of a new draftee to say.
 

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