Parker changes a fair bit because he can mark a ball and is willing to go for those marks. When was the last time you saw George fly for a mark up around the half forward wing, Rioli does it occasionally when he has the sit, but Parker actively wants the ball in the air. One of our greatest problems this year is the inability to transition the ball unless it is the fast break. Nobody other than Jack can do it, who is rapidly losing his legs. Parker is like an energy bubble and is attack attack attack, whether that is in the air, on the ground or pushing forward. Could also guarantee that he is not going to let a bloke like Lever drop into holes to intercept without a contest, and at around the 188-190mm mark and with a big spring and a hard attitude, they will know he is about.I would e incredibly weary of naming another forward who appeared to be a sh*t kick at goal - his energy level was good, but his skills looked average, at best. I think our biggest flaw has been shoddy skills and Inside 50's, poor discipline & dumb free kicks & a lack of goal scoring pressure - not our effort. I don't see how Parker changes that a whole lot - he looked, if anything, to be the exact type of player who has stopped us being elite. - average skills, poor set shot, gives away too many free kicks. He is a great effort & Energy player, with fairly ordinary skills from my first viewing of him. Ie Castagna MKII
Agree with MRJ - but i also do think he might be one of those players that finds the game easier once he has more elite pressure around him. Ultimately his role is very simple - to apply pressure, turnovers etc. He probably lacks the stamina for senior footy, which is his biggest issue - but he provides something we don't have in our team at the moment, elite closing speed that hits a contest with genuine intent. Not calling for him to be named though, more using it as a point.
Don't forget blokes like RCD, CCJ & Naish have worked their arse off for limited senior time. I really dont think Pakrer showed that much that he deserves to jump the pack after 1 game.
Thought he was a real highlight in the game because of his point of difference. Sure his is a bit erratic, but the points above outweigh the points below. In our best side with Jack 5 years younger and all of our players in their peak, he may not have been needed. But right now I think his energy is.