Restricted Free Agent Zach Merrett

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Prochard123

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Collingwood
Clearly wants to play as a full-time on baller, but has played most of the year on a wing with Essendon clearly preferring the Shiel, Mcgrath, Parish trio at centre bounces.

Could work something out with Carlton.

Carlton needs more offensive mids like Merrett to be threatening and take attention off Cripps. Essendon needs more grunt, although not sure who from Carlton is available (assuming Setterfield is locked in).
 

The Prosecutor

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Sep 13, 2011
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Essendon
Clearly wants to play as a full-time on baller, but has played most of the year on a wing with Essendon clearly preferring the Shiel, Mcgrath, Parish trio at centre bounces.

Could work something out with Carlton.

Carlton needs more offensive mids like Merrett to be threatening and take attention off Cripps. Essendon needs more grunt, although not sure who from Carlton is available (assuming Setterfield is locked in).
We'd want picks instead of players.
 

HairyO

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Jul 13, 2015
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Hawthorn
You don't think Merrett is worth two firsts?
I think maybe a couple of players in the comp are worth 2 x 1sts.

Had an okay year so it would be good to know the cause. Has he peaked? Was he angry all year and has checked out? Was Worsfold playing him the wrong way?

Etc.
 

Great8

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Apr 19, 2015
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So many Essendon players worth 1 or 2 firsts you have to wonder why they finished where they did.
Wouldn’t be hardly any worth 2 firsts but he is one that is.
He is the one I’m most confident about keeping
 

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RowellAnderson12

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Nov 4, 2019
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Would give Bombers 5&6 this year, Will Phillips and a key position in that range.

Brodie was a former pick 9 and Wright former pick 8.
 

The Prosecutor

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Sep 13, 2011
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He's a contracted 24-year-old skillful, inside/outside midfielder that has been an AA, dual B&F winner that has never finished outside the top four (besides his debut year), has captained the club probably 10+ times and has only missed two games over the last five years.

If that doesn't warrant two first round picks, I don't know what does.
 

LukeParkerno1

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Sydney
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Gibbs wasnt worth 2 x 1sts. He is a great example of the risk of massively overpaying.
He was probably worth it the year earlier, and could have won the Crows a flag that following season, in fact the year after the trade fell through was Gibbs best season. What made it worse for the Crows is they gave what they didn't want to a year later.
 

scooter600x

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He's a contracted 24-year-old skillful, inside/outside midfielder that has been an AA, dual B&F winner that has never finished outside the top four (besides his debut year), has captained the club probably 10+ times and has only missed two games over the last five years.

If that doesn't warrant two first round picks, I don't know what does.
A good player?
 

HairyO

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Jul 13, 2015
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I reckon clubs are scared to give up 2x firsts these days. It's backfired more times than it hasn't. Clubs got excited when first being able to trade future picks and went overboard.

I think 1x first & 1x second rounder is fair value.
If Saad, Danniher and Merrett all move on they may want a mid skilled player and a 1st.
 

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