The gap between afl and vfl feels a lot bigger than it once was, playing in a strong team vs a poor team will hurt as well. That said geez I’d love to see him play soon.Had a few good moments but I thought he also showed in a few contests why he still has a few things to work on in the VFL for a few more weeks
Went to the game today. After last week, I followed him end to end, and kept a close eye on him. The effort was definitely there, but you could tell he was a work in progress as a forward. Although he didn't avoid physical contact, he seemed to be confused as to when to initiate it. Given his age, he also doesn't have the upper body strength often required to create space. His leading patterns were out of whack, but I think that extended to all of our talls, as there was no synergy between Jeka, Kosi and Max. They'd often compete against one another or get in each other's way. Physically he's definitely still growing into his body & the baby giraffe analogy is apparent. I'm stoked with his progress, but after today see him as the quintessential project player. Could be a fabulous find, but not sure if he's AFL ready yet. In the ruck, he seemed to be less influential than Meek, but I haven't seen the stats. Purely a punter's opinion.Had a few good moments but I thought he also showed in a few contests why he still has a few things to work on in the VFL for a few more weeks
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He's better off playing as a key forward. He's got massive upside in that role.Once Ramsden plays, he’s better off being the second ruck and playing the David Hale role splitting his time playing up forward and in the ruck when needed. We are better off targeting a young key forward in the draft that can play alongside Lewis.
Yep - 5 Senior WAFL games at Claremont before he got drafted then a full VFL season at Casey.It hasn't hurt Melbourne holding back van Rooyen when many supporters thought he was ready to go last year. No need to rush him in yet
It hasn't hurt Melbourne holding back van Rooyen when many supporters thought he was ready to go last year. No need to rush him in yet