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Offline RedanTiger

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Re: How did we all rate our 2018 recruiting effort?
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2018, 11:02:20 PM »
If we're including trades then I would have preferred to trade in Roughead for Lloyd as it would have given us both the tall defender and second ruck I think we need.
But the money may have been the deciding factor.

The draft was good with the only alternative being I would have taken Fort (204cm, 99kg) as the ruck rather than Turner.
But the recruiters may have not thought he was much chop.

The rookie was a worry.
I would have taken Sweet (202, 107) rather than Aarts who I don't rate as an AFL player.
Maybe again, they don't rate him.

It is a problem when we seemingly don't rate Roughhead but Collingwood do.
Same with Fort and Geelong.
Same with Sweet and Footscray.

IMO our need is greater than all those other clubs but we chose to go with either nothing (the Lloyd pick), an light winger and an ordinary VFL forward flanker.
Funnily ehough I do rate what I've seen of English.
 


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Re: How did we all rate our 2018 recruiting effort?
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2018, 11:07:32 PM »
If we're including trades then I would have preferred to trade in Roughead for Lloyd as it would have given us both the tall defender and second ruck I think we need.
But the money may have been the deciding factor.

The draft was good with the only alternative being I would have taken Fort (204cm, 99kg) as the ruck rather than Turner.
But the recruiters may have not thought he was much chop.

The rookie was a worry.
I would have taken Sweet (202, 107) rather than Aarts who I don't rate as an AFL player.
Maybe again, they don't rate him.

It is a problem when we seemingly don't rate Roughhead but Collingwood do.
Same with Fort and Geelong.
Same with Sweet and Footscray.

IMO our need is greater than all those other clubs but we chose to go with either nothing (the Lloyd pick), an light winger and an ordinary VFL forward flanker.
Funnily ehough I do rate what I've seen of English.
Turner is one of the youngest players drafted. How can you rate him now? He is an endurance beast and will be an elite runner for years to come. We are short in that area too as Grigg, our current link man, is coming to the end of his career.
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Re: How did we all rate our 2018 recruiting effort?
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2018, 11:27:41 PM »
Rightly or wrongly, the club obviously feels comfortable enough with our ruck stocks.

We had plenty of opportunities to address our apparent lack of ruck depth and didn't. Indeed, we still can but look like getting Stack instead.

I personally think that Stack is a bit of a luxury. I posted else where that on talent alone, I think he is a better prosect than Hill, and I thought he would be drafted higher than the pick 40+ he was slated to go at. In the end, he slipped through the draft altogether. People have mentioned off field baggage, and he does have some, but so does Hill so to get Stack after the draft if it happens is a good get.

But realistically, I don't really see the need Stack fits. With Tom Lynch now in our forward line, I feel we might have drafted a kid or two who could play across HFF and deliver the ball well inside 50, like a Sheds with better footskills. It is a bit of a niche role, but there were/are still a couple of kids who could fill the role really well.

I personally would like to have a look at Tyron Smallwood. He has fantastic foot skills, great goal sense, a great footy brain and is a very hard player for his size. Like Shane Edwards, he also has great vision and if you look at highlights of various WA u/18 players, he is often involved in the play when he is not the subject of the footage. Injuries cruelled his chances this year, most notably a broken jaw which costs him a few U/18 games, so he is an under the radar type with a lot of upside.

Jordan Clark will be a good player for the Cats, but he is close to being AFL level ready. I reckon Smallwood has more potential to improve than Clark does. A couple of years on an AFL list and you'd have a very good player in Smallwood I suspect.

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Re: How did we all rate our 2018 recruiting effort?
« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2018, 02:37:44 AM »
I see English & Ross as being our Nathan Jones & Patrick Cripps at best and improved versions of Jackson & Tuck at worst... :shh
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