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  1. Re: Some Big names coming up for Contract renewal at end of 2022

    Freo would be a bigger risk than West Coast. They have Bailey Williams who looks a very good prospect
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    Re: Delisting and Retirements - 2021

    Some people seem to rate Sweet very highly.
    The point is pretty moot though - I don't think we're looking to strengthen our ruck division
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    Re: Delisting and Retirements - 2021

    Tore Sweet apart late last year at VFL level
  4. Thread: Best 22 for 2022

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    Re: Best 22 for 2022

    Was that before we signed Tim O'Brien?
    Absolutely no way we sign a FA on a multi-year deal who isn't part of our plans for next season.

    I suspect he plays as the interceptor with Gardner/Cordy...
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    Re: Competition for spots

    "Never forget"
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    Re: Delisting and Retirements - 2021

    I didn't mind Lienardt from Port but after signing Tim O'Brien we have no need for his type.

    BTC may have been a rookie option for us if we didn't sign Martin.
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    Re: Competition for spots

    My hope: and Tim English
    My fear: Martin is perennially injury and Sweet drops off again so English plays as the sole ruck rather than forward.

    TBH I'm not even sure anyone apart from Duryea in...
  8. Re: We need to change how we think about Tim English

    Toumpas was ruined by injury, his mobility and pace were killed by hip injuries.
  9. The games played guessing numbers game to fill in the off-season thread

    So we have a bunch of fringe kids and promising types.
    Some got a taste of AFL football, one showed signs at VFL level, and one is a highly rated FS pick who may need to train indoors on windy days...
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    Re: Rating the 2021 Trade Period

    Draper was chased with a $500k pa contract before he even debuted. Sweet hasn't shown anywhere near that much as yet.

    We've thrown a huge gauntlet down to him and I hope we're not setting the bar...
  11. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    I think he has the capacity to be one of those 'covers heaps of ground' type ruckman. He just seems like he'd fit so well into our system.
  12. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    ... it's almost like there is a second tier competition that provides a guide to how players are tracking...
  13. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Suns took Ned Moyle at the mid season draft. Young developing ruck.
  14. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    His VFL form has been very good, and his endurance for a tall is outstanding.
  15. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Sean Darcy
  16. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Strachan and Lynch have been mentioned a number of times.
    We were linked to Ceglar but he looks set to choose Geelong.
    I assume our due diligence of Ladhams led us to say no (did we even ask about...
  17. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    I do wonder if we have a bolter tucked away somewhere to pick up cheaply. Knoll finally passes a medical this time around?
  18. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    There were quite a number available though, that's the angst. Plenty have re-signed in the past few months and some are still unsigned.
  19. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    I think this is where I sit too. I still consider Sweet more of a 'developing' ruck than a 'ready' ruck and have little faith in English and Stef next year for various reasons.

    List management is...
  20. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Because he was absolutely stuffed by the end of the year?
    I expect some improvement but to we're putting all of our ruck eggs into the basket of a kid with 5 games, a guy who seems better suited to...
  21. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    205cm and about 84kgs and has had two interrupted development years. We'd be lucky if he debuts - and many suggest he's a KPD or KPF and part-time ruck at best.

    I'm hoping for a Dustin Fletcher...
  22. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Yes. I'm sorry to say it, but yes.
    Sweet is a speculative kid at best yet we seem set to laregly rely on him to lead our ruck division next year. Stef may or may not get on the paddock and many of...
  23. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    The mid-season draft has effectively killed that strategy as the clubs that need to add a ruck do so in the middle of the year. The state leagues have been mined and at this stage we're late to the...
  24. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    I don't really consider English a ruck and I consider Stef Martin more a development coach than a legitimate 22 + game option.

    Jordan Sweet has played 5 games and is effectively our only ruck.
    ...
  25. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Got a combine invite didn't he? Sounds like a few clubs have him on their radar
  26. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    I'm really concerned we had some sort of verbal ok from Ceglar but he's now leaning towards Geelong and we haven't really considered anyone else.
  27. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Lobb at his absolute best probably is a $700k player, but he drops his head and looks disinterested so often. Ypou only see his best for about 25 minutes a year.

    He's no ruck either.

    Do we ask...
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    Re: GWS Giants player Toby Greene charged

    See, trade week isn't a total disappointment
  29. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Yeah it seems Ceglar is more likely to contribute around the ground.

    Cox hasn't played as the no 1 ruck since 2017, it's a long time ago but he got plenty of hitouts but not too much around the...
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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs, Tim O'Brien

    Add some desperately needed intercepting marking capacity in the back half. Indications late in the year we wanted to go with three talls in defence and he's mid-tall enough to play the role.
    For...
  31. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Not at AFL level.
    A few pies fans think he's a better ruckman than a forward but TBH I think that's not a high bar.

    If the choice is between adding Cox or adding nobody, I much prefer we sign...
  32. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Most of them have been mined at the mid-season draft, and the good ones were tied to clubs already.

    I'm no convinced Stef Martin's body holds up. I'm, not convinced Tim English is a first ruck...
  33. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Jones will be 31 at the start of next season so I don't think he'll have long to wait.
  34. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    So Fox reporting that Ceglar's preference is Geelong.
    We're not into Lynch or Ladhams at all. Where do we go from here? Mason Cox or nobody?
  35. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Sweet has a big pre-season and plays every third game perhaps?
    It's not ideal. I still think there are big question marks over Sweet and even at VFL level there were a number of better performing...
  36. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Personally - Lynch, but we're not interested. He's tied to Hawthorn at this stage
  37. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    Ladhams is more aggressive and quite mobile. The building blocks are there but it seems other clubs aren't chasing him particularly hard. I do wonder if the off-field rumours are putting other clubs...
  38. Thread: Well Ruck Me.

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    Re: Well Ruck Me.

    I don't know him personally, but at $700k pa you'd want a player with less of a gap between their best and worst football.
    Great when he's on, terrible when he's not. Contrast that to Naughton's...
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    Re: Lets make the hard calls

    We could get his modern day equivalent for nothing.
    Come on down Mason Cox
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    Re: Lets make the hard calls

    Just after we sign John Butcher
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