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Handy height (193cm) but not much flesh on him (83kg). and at least 90kg.
We've done OK with Hawthorn trades since Bevo arrived - Suckling, Duryea so far. No doubt he'll be a walk up start so I wonder who will feel the squeeze?

I also notice he's been a fairly accurate shot on goal - 73.37 over his career.
I'm sure we can beat that out of him.

Putting Naughton on notice too. Lift your aerial game son.

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Handy height (193cm) but not much flesh on him (83kg).
We've done OK with Hawthorn trades since Bevo arrived - Suckling, Duryea so far. No doubt he'll be a walk up start so I wonder who will feel the squeeze?

I also notice he's been a fairly accurate shot on goal - 73.37 over his career.
I'm sure we can beat that out of him.

Putting Naughton on notice too. Lift your aerial game son.

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Most sources have him between 90 and 92 kegs. Would have to be more true than the 83 kegs on Wikipedia.
 

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We’ve seen Tim’s strengths at either end of the ground during his time at the Hawks, but we see him adding the most value to our team as a defender.

We’re excited by his ability to read the play and win back possession through his intercept marking, and he has impressive speed for a tall player.
 

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The Western Bulldogs have acquired Hawthorn key position utility Tim O’Brien as a free agent on a two-year deal.
The Dogs completed the transaction on Thursday with the uncontacted 27-year-old, who is an unrestricted free agent.
O’Brien has become a mainstay in the Hawks’ line-up, playing either in defence or attack. He has played 97 games so far over eight seasons at AFL level.
He played 19 games in 2021, averaging five marks per game and kicking 12 goals for the season, including multiple goals on three occasions.
“I’m absolutely rapt to get it done. Now I can just focus on the footy stuff and get going into next year. I can’t wait,” O’Brien said.
“I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. I think the list is in a good spot. There’s a lot of players around my age. It fit well for me and the Club.
“Playing in a Grand Final, they’re right in that window, so that was really appealing.”
O’Brien, who stands at 194cm tall, was recruited to Hawthorn with pick 28 in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft and played in a VFL premiership with Box Hill in his debut year.
He made his AFL debut in Round 1 of the 2014 season and has since proven to be a versatile and dependable player as a key forward or defender.
His best performance of the season came ironically against the Bulldogs in Round 22, where he collected 24 disposals and took 10 marks as an intercept defender.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Tim to the Bulldogs, and we’re looking forward to what he will add to our playing group,” said Bulldogs’ General Manager of List Management and Football Projects, Sam Power.
“We’ve seen Tim’s strengths at either end of the ground during his time at the Hawks, but we see him adding the most value to our team as a defender.
“We’re excited by his ability to read the play and win back possession through his intercept marking, and he has impressive speed for a tall player.”
Under the rules of Free Agency, a player with at least eight years of experience at an AFL Club who is not contracted for the following season can move freely to another club without the need for an exchange of draft picks.
 

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Bloody love this. We needed someone who can clunk intercept marks and who has speed in the back half. Could’ve used him in the GF

We are deep in KPP stocks at either end now which considering our midfield is extremely promising.

Ruck is our only question mark but I think sweet is nearly ready and Bev has just been super thorough in bringing along the details of his game

We should be pushing very hard for that double chance
 

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Cordy's knee is on notice too.

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(Memo Aaron Naughton - you don't take out your own ruckman. This is how it's done!)
 

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I’m not convinced on him but he finished the year well, cost nothing and fills a position of need.

If he plays like he did to finish the year I think he’ll be a very handy contributor and will offer more than Gardner and Cordy do. If he plays like he did the majority of his first 90 games it’ll be a bit of a Greek gift.

With Young gone we had to bring in a KPD who is ready to play and getting O’Brien as a free agent is probably our best and really only choice since we can’t really be moving draft picks this season.
 

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