I agree with change but , isn’t it too late now ? Clubs that have been advantaged by it already struck pay dirt. So either do away with academies completely and have a pure unadulterated draft or leave it as is and see how bad it can get.All clubs should be up in arms. The whole point should be to help those that need it but how do you quanitfy disadvantage?
They look like they do. Here's hoping. Nearly draft them as enforcers and hard men despite skills. We're definitely missing that at the moment. If they can play, even better!He could physically manhandle half our list by the looks of it. Can the kid handle a footy with skill though!
And this other young guy looks a lot more developed too. I hope they both have a bit of mongrel in them too
of course you can't see it, you've made a decision based on 10 games for one bloke and 15 for the otherWould love to be proven wrong, but can’t see it.
That's kinda like saying the last two times we've made top four we haven't won anything, so lets stop trying to make the top four.I hope not, the Irish experiment has not worked for us.
And besides, it gives ****wit supporters at least 2x additional players to complain about - not that the Illuminegativity need more reasons to complain...That's kinda like saying the last two times we've made top four we haven't won anything, so lets stop trying to make the top four.
Even the law of averages says it's worth a shot. They're basically a free hit, it's not like it's instead of drafting blokes. Right now the Irish experiment is playing betters divs than our NGA has so far.
Don't understand why anyone would be against taking the chance.
Well said.of course you can't see it, you've made a decision based on 10 games for one bloke and 15 for the other
Clarko has always said 50, and the guys they persist with to 50 they see enough to do so
the guys they don't, well they don't make it to 50 games
but this is the club who see them all week at training, watch the footage of their games with them, know what they were being asked to do and measured against and see a lot more than we do from the pretty poor coverage on TV/ we do from going to the game
My point is that you've written off two blokes based on a very small sample and are now writing off anyone else from Ireland based on that as well.
There are enough Irish blokes that have made decent AFL careers for it to be something to continue looking at.
It's another pathway for talent, requires a different investment to be fair, but that is part of why the club would be looking at it.
Doesn't require them to use the same resources.
The other fun thing I've seen thrown around is they'd be bottom 6 in a premiership team, like that's a bad thing.
You still need to have a bottom 6 in a premiership team, and being good enough to be one of those on a strong list still makes you a reasonable footballer. Better than most of the guys running around in VFL etc
Not every young player will make it, not every kid we are playing now will be a star, but given how the club has been going about bringing in top end talent, we need as many of these kinds of moves to pay off if for no other reason than to make sure we have enough depth in the list to compete