Not just pre season. He was brilliant in his debut - actually earned a MVP nod? He does seem not entirely comfortable out there (although does some nice things) but he's not getting a lot of consistent goes at it. He's shown enough earlier in the season for me to feel very confident about his future though.It’s mental with him. He looks apprehensive and overly cautious and low on self belief
The player I saw in pre season was quite different.
It's his first season - it's a massive step up in speed, endurance, skills, etc, from U18.My biggest concern with him is his lack of speed. In juniors he actually showed he had a decent burst from stoppage but has seemed very flat footed and reactive alot of the time.
DGB, Ward and Mackenzie all look like they have a while to go.
Hopefully another pre season does the trick, but at the moment it looks like we could have done a fair bit better with our top 10 picks
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Who the hell were they? I've never heard anyone ever state that he wouldn't be a great player at the very least. Cam will be fine, he looks a little tired but he has real talent as demonstrated earlier in the year.Two of them are teenagers. Of course they have a long way to go...
If you haven't seen Wards improvement this season you haven't been watching closely enough.
As for Mackenzie, he started strongly but has tired at senior level as the season has progressed. Can I remind you that 3 years into his career, people were already writing off Hugh McCluggage. That's just one example. Give Cam more than 1 season please.
or the Sam Mitchell 'QB/architect' role as a release or just behind the ball.I reckon CMAC28 follows the Jordan Lewis pathway. Never going to be quick enough to chase players down but will be an effective runner in time that is offensively geared as a high possession ball winner and class user. And more than likely similar to Lewis will be a size that can block at stoppages.
A lack of speed rarely stops a player reaching elite performance.My biggest concern with him is his lack of speed. In juniors he actually showed he had a decent burst from stoppage but has seemed very flat footed and reactive alot of the time.
It’s an interesting point. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Who has shown it in the current side - Sicily, Newcombe, Worpel, Nash, Moore, Hardwick, Frost, who else?He and Ward are nice guy, neat mids.
But are they missing they that intangible competitive pr#ck DNA.
Sam had it, Hodgey had it, Lewis had it, Burgone was a good guy hard bastard.
Smith an Hill not so much but both athletic freaks.
I hope it's in there waiting to boil over.
A lack of speed rarely stops a player reaching elite performance.
Being slow often does.
Mackenzie is not slow.
Far from it.
In terms of competitiveness, I reckon Connor Mac and Weddle also.It’s an interesting point. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Who has shown it in the current side - Sicily, Newcombe, Worpel, Nash, Moore, Hardwick, Frost, who else?
We do seem to have a focus on drafting on character which is a good thing in terms of professionalism. But they still need a bit of c*** in them like their coach had.