Good pick up from you guys, never had much opportunity at Hawks. The few times he did play though he seemed like a good player, very good tap ruckman. Just needs some consistency at AFL level and could be very good
Think SOS and co. a bit peeved that Phillips pulled the pin following all of the work put in to getting his soft tissue issues sorted. Multiple overseas trips and the advent of Jack Russell seemed to have turned it around, with a much more solid season after delays to his pre season.
Can't help but feel we have fallen on our feet though. Pittonet 5 years younger, still developing, but match ready and dominant at the lower level. Gives us a perfect list management progression. Kreuze with a year or two (outside chance of 3) to go. Young tyro TDK sure to be on the fast track to establish himself as numero uno. Pittonet provides genuine competition for TDK, which should bring oout the best in both. With Levi reportedly staying for a year or two, gives us
that fall back should injury curses hit.
Expecting a youngster to be drafted next year, many here are aware of who I allude to as the most likely target.
Very disappointed to see him go. From what I saw at Box Hill, his last two years were building nicely. Regularly got 50+ taps and has always been able to direct to team mates. All the best to him, he'll make a very good AFL ruckman soon if not right away.
Could be really important for the development of midfielders at VFL level and if he taps well at AFL level then that is great. Gone from an older backup ruck to a young one which is great. No doubt we will see him a bit in the AFL.
Pleased to see SOS and Agresta finally address our ruck division, which I consider to be our achilles heal. We have a once-in-a-generation mid in Cripps and potentially another in Walsh without a quality ruckman to give them a regular first look at the ball around the stoppages. I'd expect Pittonet to be our No.1 Ruck by the end of the next season. I'd like to see us get another at the draft.
You've done very well here. Genuinely sad to see him go so cheaply.
Very good tap ruck - struggles to read the ball in flight - is not a marking option around the ground.
Dominates around the ground stoppages at VFL level, probably equal or better than Ceglar at ruckwork - makes him comfortably capable as #2, even competing for #1 at some clubs.
Has the good "clumsy" that all the best big blokes have. Pointy elbows and knees, likes a good block, loves a hard tackle. Get's his knees dirty and is surprisingly good at feeding the ball out of congestion.
Doesn't find space well, not a great mover, doesn't have a great kick, isn't a great mark, some questions on stamina but IMO like McEvoy just goes at 3/4 pace all day.
Phillips was serviceable but if this guy even breaks even on his ability the we have basically traded sideways for a player 5 years his junior. Hawks are no numpty club either he will be well drilled. Puts a bit of competition on down for spots with TDK in that age demographic as Kreuzer moves into his twilight years. Pinching 2nd and 3rd string ruckman is where it's at... not much point drafting them anymore, certainly not in the first few rounds anyway. Good move and good luck to him. Look forward to seeing what he brings and Andrew Russell will no doubt be familiar with him too over 4 seasons so certainly a head start there too.
If Pittonet ends up being our only ruck acquisition in this off season, it should make it somewhat easier to pick a better balanced Northern Blues team. It will also allow TDK more opportunity to develop his ruck craft after being 3rd banana behind Phillips & Lobbe this season.