When do you think we will make the top 4?We have finished, effectively, equal 9th and improved on last year. Still work to do but we are on the right track.
Ok, who's nicked Tony's iPad?I’m not fussed about finals next year if we stay strong and address our weaknesses through the draft
We’ll be stronger for longer next year
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No one can answer that. Tick every box on your wishlist and tell me, in that scenario, when we would make top 4.When do you think we will make the top 4?
I can't see it with our current list, at best we will just scrape into finals for a few years until Fyfe, Walters and Mundy retire and then drop back down again.
We have no class in our forward half.
Henry and Freddy are best on the wing, Sturt can't get on the park, Walters cliff is approaching. Only genuine small forwards are Schultz and Switta who is also always injured. We need one KPF and one genuine small forward.Keyforwards (and a medium/smalls, who kicks goals would help as well, but perhaps Henry, Sturt, Frederick and a fit Walters can fill that void) and more midfield class. Midfield drops away too quickly after started 18 while it is likely we will always miss a player or two even when we do ok with injuries.
Apart from that we need better goalkicking and more 4 quarter efforts. From memory we had way too much goalless or near goalless quarters. Even the recent derby: 4.5 in 3 quarters is close in inaceptable and will win few games of footy.
I think this a very realistic summary based on today. Probably two years away from finals and then give from a legit flag tilt.If we lose Cerra and Lobb for instance next year will be tough and I’d personally invest heavily in the draft over the next 3 years while simultaneously blooding the youngsters to filter out the spuds.. I could see a trajectory similar to this albeit slightly optimistic that should be attempted to be met
2022 - 7 wins 91% (14th) Losses of Cerra and Lobb limit quality in the side (We can’t put on good scores without Lobb apart from one amazing quarter)
2023 - 13 wins 104% (6th - Semi Final Loss) Younger players take a huge leap, hopefully get a look at a quality young forward-line that would likely be very inconsistent and Fyfe and Walters etc. find close to their best form once again ala. Mundy
2024 - 15 wins 120% (4th- Prelim Loss) Players recruited at start of rebuild are in prime age. 2021, 2022 draft picks start to really hit their straps providing forward quality. Last year of Fyfe, Walters
2025 - 16 wins 138% (3rd- Prelim Loss) genuine premiership contender, Best young players at this stage all have years of experience behind them
2026 - 17-18 wins 140% (1st - Premiership)
That is the most optimistic of outcomes for where I think we are and around about 5 years away from having a really good sniff at winning a flag IF the club makes some smart list management/coaching/board decisions that can complement the existing core of younger players like Brayshaw, Serong, Darcy etc.
Haha , we’ll for all my negativity I’ve been pretty consistent that we need to balance up the list through the draftOk, who's nicked Tony's iPad?
Agreed though. Drafting forward talent this year is critical.