Worst afl player you've seen (and why)

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Tiger08

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No idea where he was on the field, joined the illustrious club of players with a negative supercoach score (-3). Had injuries to mitigate somewhat but I just recall having NFI what he was doing on the field when i watched him. Has soured hyphenated surnames for me, concerning considering we picked up one with out first pick this year.
Absolutely. Drafting Fiora and Tambling were strokes of genius compared to picking this bloke. Can’t recall ever watching someone who always seemed so far out of their depth at AFL level and we picked him at 7!!
 

Nutjob

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Reynolds from Essendon from I think the early 00’s. He was a twig with no talent. The name got him a spot on their list, he was rubbish.


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catscollector

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Reynolds from Essendon from I think the early 00’s. He was a twig with no talent. The name got him a spot on their list, he was rubbish.


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Reminds of that time Dennis Pagan got his son (Ryan) to North and persisted in playing him despite the backlash which was warranted. The kid was hopeless but goes to show people in high places can pull the strings whenever they want.
 

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Taylor Hunt was awful, Ryan Sheonmakers was a one trick pony.
Out of the younger players, I would be very surprised if Ben Silvagni , Oscar Brownless or Liam Stocker played more than 30 games betwee them.The first two are just not up to it and Stocker has zero endurance- not a good trait for a midfielder!
 

MC Extra Dollop

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There’s another question in play here - who are the league’s worst one-time, two-time, three-time etc. premiership players? I’d love to hear a nomination for a worse two-time premiership player than Shannon Byrnes.
Interesting career that Byrnes had. He was terrific in 2009 and 2010 and the rest of his career was underwhelming, to say the least. He was in the right place at the right time in 2007, but was an absolute walk up in the 2009 side. I wouldn't have thought he was the worst two time premiership player though.
 

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There were some pretty damn average footballers in the post Lions premiership era.
None the

James Polkinghorne was a mid sized forward who had 7 seasons where he averaged between 9-15 possessions and never kicked more than 15 goals in a season.

Sam Sheldon - son of Ken Sheldon was on the Lions list for 6 years and played 43 games including 2 finals as a 'midfielder' / utility played 43 games for an average of 11 possessions and 0.3 goals per game - had >15 possessions 4 times in his career.


GC have listed some guys who were barely second grade players
- Anyone familiar with Louis Herbert, Jacob Gilbee, Hayden Jolly, Joey Daye, Lewis Moss etc.. etc..
 

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Reminds of that time Dennis Pagan got his son (Ryan) to North and persisted in playing him despite the backlash which was warranted. The kid was hopeless but goes to show people in high places can pull the strings whenever they want.
I heard Denis later justify it by saying that he was reluctant to select him due to fears of nepotism, but that they couldn't reasonably deny him, either, as he was supposedly getting 40 touches a game in the 2's the year before.

Ryan played a grand total of 3 AFL games at the start of 2000, so there wasn't really a huge amount of "persistence" with him, anyway.
 

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A lot of pages...but everyone knows it’s Israel Folau - as he was technically an ‘AFL’ player...
Agreed, although an honourable mention has to go to Zac Clarke. When we play the Bombers I’m always glad he’s selected as it means they’re a man short. Even happier when he lines up for a shot on goal. Result: Behind/OOF, rebound - goal. I have always been short and often felt the big guys only got picked because of height. He’s a classic example!
 

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Interesting career that Byrnes had. He was terrific in 2009 and 2010 and the rest of his career was underwhelming, to say the least. He was in the right place at the right time in 2007, but was an absolute walk up in the 2009 side. I wouldn't have thought he was the worst two time premiership player though.
I never thought Byrnes was particularly bad, just not that good, either. His "poorness" was only really in comparison to his other great Geelong teammates. He was pretty standard fare for a player outside of the top 15-18 players in a great side, capable of some quality footy on his day, but mainly just a passenger and a pretty average player overall.

Right place, right time, in terms of team success. For a little bloke who was selected in the Rookie Draft, who probably came in with zero expectations, to manage 12 years on an AFL list and at least hold his own is a decent effort.
 

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Agreed, although an honourable mention has to go to Zac Clarke. When we play the Bombers I’m always glad he’s selected as it means they’re a man short. Even happier when he lines up for a shot on goal. Result: Behind/OOF, rebound - goal. I have always been short and often felt the big guys only got picked because of height. He’s a classic example!
I played junior AFL with Brent Renouf.
Good distance runner, tall.

Softest thing you've ever seen even in under 16's when he was much bigger than everyone else!
 

MC Extra Dollop

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I never thought Byrnes was particularly bad, just not that good, either. His "poorness" was only really in comparison to his other great Geelong teammates. He was pretty standard fare for a player outside of the top 15-18 players in a great side, capable of some quality footy on his day, but mainly just a passenger and a pretty average player overall.

Right place, right time, in terms of team success. For a little bloke who was selected in the Rookie Draft, who probably came in with zero expectations, to manage 12 years on an AFL list and at least hold his own is a decent effort.
All true, but seriously, just look at his season splits with 2009/10 compared to everything else. It's Jack Anthony-esque.
 

Nutjob

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Reminds of that time Dennis Pagan got his son (Ryan) to North and persisted in playing him despite the backlash which was warranted. The kid was hopeless but goes to show people in high places can pull the strings whenever they want.
He only played 3 games, so he was hardly persisted with. He was actually putting up good numbers in the VFL.
Completely agree that he would never have been on a list if it wasn’t for Dennis.


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Daicos' son is quite poor, and an embarrassment really. It is a bit like that bloke from One and a Half Men living off the family name while producing garbage performances all the while critics farting into his sail pushing him along.

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Taylor Hunt was awful, Ryan Sheonmakers was a one trick pony.
Out of the younger players, I would be very surprised if Ben Silvagni , Oscar Brownless or Liam Stocker played more than 30 games betwee them.The first two are just not up to it and Stocker has zero endurance- not a good trait for a midfielder!
Not so sure on that one given he was just extended for an extra 2 years. I reckon he’ll get the 30 games on his own.
 

Rod Stroker

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Taylor Hunt was awful, Ryan Sheonmakers was a one trick pony.
Out of the younger players, I would be very surprised if Ben Silvagni , Oscar Brownless or Liam Stocker played more than 30 games betwee them.The first two are just not up to it and Stocker has zero endurance- not a good trait for a midfielder!
Brownless has been de-listed.
 

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At least for Geelong, and because the horror is fresh in my mind, Josh Cowan is pretty hard to surpass.

Ticked just about every box you could wish for. Chronically injured (missed 4 years straight at one point), no stand out VFL form, no breakout game, no outstanding skills, not a long kick, not a strong mark, absolutely zero physical strength, and yet above all this - somehow got 8 years on a senior list for a whopping 16 games. A curious phenomenon emerged too - the longer he was on the list for zero reward, that somehow made him more valuable. Absolutely mindboggling.

Towards the end his performances were actually defended with the argument that he was guarding one side of the ground. Yes really.
 

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