Norm Smith Medallist
- May 21, 2017
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
- Other Teams
A good example of why the academy system should be limited to the developing States.Contract extension is a big problem if interstate clubs draft too many Vic Kids , Witherden is a great example of overpaying.
Does that not demonstrate a failure by the AFL over the last 30 years to put in place a truly national comp?When Vic Metro kids do leave non Vic clubs it is generally because they've got offers from Big 4 Vic clubs, with all the $$$ and exposure that comes from that.
This is because footy was invented in Victoria and remains the centre of gravity of the sport.
It’s not as though they haven’t tried in QLD or NSW.Does that not demonstrate a failure by the AFL over the last 30 years to put in place a truly national comp?
It’s not as though they haven’t tried in QLD or NSW.
The majority of draftees each year still come from Victoria, so it’s not a surprise they tend to come back when given the chance given the number of teams here and the lure of ‘home’.
Brisbane have made inroads on that front, as have Sydney. The SA and WA sides also seem to hold on to players reasonably well even when they’re not playing well.
Its about the national influence oh the AFL administration with an impotent AFL Commission.This is because footy was invented in Victoria and remains the centre of gravity of the sport.
Freo and West Coast drafted predominantly local as well.Adelaide avoided Vic players like the plague, though their retention of interstate players has been pretty dismal as of recent years. Other than that it felt like clubs were just going best available. Though with Adelaide it was quite obvious they were steering away from interstate players.
You’d have to demonstrate that the Vic clubs preferrenced drafting WA and SA kids over Vic kids, and a cursory look at each of the Vic clubs picks doesn’t really bare that out.WA & SA had their local leagues up and running in 2020. Victoria had no local league footy.
Exposed form versus no games / form. You don’t need to be Einstein to work out the best option for recruiting.