- Apr 23, 2016
- AFL Club
Proof players develop differently. Stats mean very little
It was a terrible comparison. There was no proof or point to make, it’s simply a bad take.Settle down Tiger he wasn't comparing them as players.
Parish walked in to a side that had almost every senior player suspended and played full time midfield for 20 games. He was then sent to the HFF for 3 seasons. And is now playing in the middle again, and showing he’s a good AFL standard midfielder.You cant compare the development environment that Parish entered to the genuine build from nothing situation that Dow and his other fellow mid recruits entered into at Carlton. Parish is a far more accomplished mid than Dow is - there is no debate that can be made about that - all one has to look for is kicking ability.
Dow was and still is - an undersized inside mid playing next to a bunch of other under-sized inside mids- getting smashed week in week out for his first 2 years and injured the next. At the grand old age of 20 he has some time to develop - the tough thing for him will be to actually cement a spot in the starting midfield at Carlton - there are a few likely prospects in development in VFL right now he has to get over - I can't see him being preferred over Wiliams/Cripps/Walsh or Ed Curnow atm and he currently lacks the polish to be a HFF/mid rotation - where Martin/Williams/Fisher//Fogarty/Cuningham ( I won't mention 2-3 other you've never heard about in VFL ) all having better credentials - not to mention SPS who has (finally) been kicked out of HBF.
What Dow does have is fast hands and genuine burst speed - time will tell if he develops any other tricks.
Even when exiled to the HFF he performed far and away better than Dow.
Dow is also not 20. He’s 21, coming up on 22, with 4 years in the system.