Welcome Welcome to Hawthorn, James Worpel, pick #43 2017 - Round 21 Rising star Nom!

rogiebear93

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May 17, 2017
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Hard to split Walsh, Worp & Rozzee if all were in contention.
Nothing against Walsh, but I'd definitely take Rozee if I had the choice between both.

Is one of the best small forwards in his first year after playing his footy as a half-back as an underager. Will be one of those guys who can just go anywhere and impact.
 

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kirbatron

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May 28, 2007
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Nothing against Walsh, but I'd definitely take Rozee if I had the choice between both.

Is one of the best small forwards in his first year after playing his footy as a half-back as an underager. Will be one of those guys who can just go anywhere and impact.
was referring to the RS award this year. Agree on rozzee for sure
 

VandoHawk

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we would of made finals this year is stack was drafted
Based on talent Stack was a first round pick. But his work ethic, attitude and off-field activities raised serious flags. It’s the reason that every club passed on him both in the main and rookie drafts.

We’ve been burnt previously by players with those attributes. Clarko put a lot of faith in Dayle Gartlett and I think it still burns. Credit to Hardwick for getting Stack in seemingly a better place and credit to Stack for (at least at the current moment) putting his best foot forward. But his recruitment was always viewed as a massive risk, and sometimes they pay off but other times they don’t.
 

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Billyc

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Oct 17, 2009
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While others - including O’Meara - are starting to drop off as the long season draws to an end, this kid is getting better by the week. And that is in a midfield in which he has been expected to do a lot more heavy lifting than a second year player should be. His season has been quite remarkable. We have a special player.
 

matey

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Oct 5, 2004
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Worpel is a jet. The first 6 steps he takes is quick/explosive which will help him in heavy traffic to create a bit of space to get the ball away. You can tell that Mitch is teaching him the midfield craft, the way Worps is moving and his positioning around the ground jogging between contests. He has also got that lethal Lee body type a low centre of gravity. And he is tough/competitive. We’ve got a super player on our hands and I feel confident moving forward that we can mix it with the best in the middle of the ground, an area I thought we would struggle post the era of Mitchell/Hodge/Lewis and with Burgs getting on 😄.
 
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