Hope so, but the club website introduced him as a midfielder, feedback from Saints supporters was that he was excellent in the seconds as a mid and was played out of position in the seniors as a small forward.
Injury and being played out of position are what held him back, so lets hope his body let's him get a good run at it.
Based purely on the highlight reel, he positions himself well for the fall of the ball and knows where the goals are.
He also appears to use his pace well to get out the back on a turnover.
What the highlights didn't show was anability to win a contested ball (in packs), or his evasive skills in close.
Not saying he doesn't have these skills but, as mentioned, they often don't make it to a highlight reel.
Either way he seems to have more pace and better foot skills than both Lovell or Langers.
I guess time will tell but seems like an equal or improvement on the previously mentioned duo.
Not at all, The Saints coaching hierarchy couldn't identify talent at a talent contest, and their player development concentrates more on the operation of lighters so as to burn dwarfs, rather than footballing abilities. The next Robert Harvey could very well be running around carrying the drinks and oranges in the ressies!.
Don't understand the glass half full attitude about this guy. Sure Clarko & GW know what they are on about.
If the guy can get a game in the seniors, he can play forward or midfield. Maybe there is a need for a little more midfield or forward pressure, in our side. The ball comes out of the forward line far too easily in 2018, with Puopolo and co not being able to keep the ball in there so well. I do understand the questions about why no KP player as we still lack marking options up forward. However, the trading period isn't done and I'm sure there is method to the selections.
The guy looks exciting and i hope he gets fit enough to play a stack of games.
The article about Russell leaving basically said he was transitioning away from hands on already, so he was developing the team to replace him in 12 months fully. As such I agree with your theory of team.