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Clarko probably has him working on a particular part of his game, thats not up to scratch before he gets a run but this kid is gonna be a gun, his finishing is surgeon like.
 

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SuperSic

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Has been working on his defensive efforts
Yep certainly, and the VFL coaches seem to be happy with his improvement in this area of his game based on their comments. He is averaging 2.5 tackles per game which is on par with Gunston who is probably his most similar player in our side.

What is absolutely incredible is the fact that he has kicked 23.8 this year in 8 games! That’s nearly 75% accuracy...
 

rogiebear93

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Is he as quick?
Nope.

He's not at all like Stephenson really, I'm not sure the comparison should be made. The only similarity they share is their awkward, skinny physique.

The best comparison you'll get at AFL level is probably Jack Gunston. Quick getting ball to foot, kicks some of those goals you'd expect from a bloke 10cm shorter. Awesome hand eye coordination, which would be expected with his Tennis background.

Committed to footy late, so we clearly picked him up as a development prospect and boy is he showing some development. Genuinely getting better every week.
 

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Wont hurt to make him really earn it, went ok for Bruest who was kicking bags for a year or more before getting a run.

Going way back tucky and Dipper went alright too.
 

Judd2Sewell

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Wont hurt to make him really earn it, went ok for Bruest who was kicking bags for a year or more before getting a run.

Going way back tucky and Dipper went alright too.
Then why are we making hard for some, and not others?

Ross may be skinny, but if we are tanking as posters suggest then Ross should be given a taste of seniors.
 

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The only reason I can think of as why he hasn't played yet is that they are protecting him physically until he gets some full core strength. He'll obviously never be solid but he needs to be able to hold his own in a contest and not get swatted away easily. Patience is the key with this kid.
 

almuz

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Is Ross in the hub? Was knocking on the door of a small forward role last year but haven’t heard a word about him this year.
As per Insta stories it looks like he is. But he's not really a small forward, not a power forward by any means but at 193cm and not ultra quick, like someone above noted more in the Gunston mould.
 

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