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    Re: The Dunkley trade from the Lions perspective

    There is no Brisbane perspective to this trade.

    They are making a mistake. Dunks is a 3rd banana mid who they are going to pay as a 2nd banana (just as we have been).

    They don't need a 30+ possession per game player. Dunks wants to be a 30+ ppg player.

    He is not a free agent. So they WILL need to give up draft capital to get him. SIGNIFICANT draft capital. Yes - they have some high end picks coming in this year but they will be compromising their next (and probably next 2) drafts to get him.

    Daniher is rising 30 and is simply not going to live up to his potential. Everyone (esp. Brisbane) needs to accept this.
    YES - they have Hipwood.
    They are going to lose McStay.
    Yes - they have McCarthy and Cameron - two smalls who seem best suited as leading mid-sizers/smalls out of the goal-square. Not sustainable and doesn't win finals as the past 3 season SHOULD have taught them.
    Down the other end;
    Andrews isn't the player he was.
    Gardiner is just a guy and must be 28 years old.
    Adams is a perpetual injury risk and must be 28 years old.

    In getting Dunks they are telling me that they DON'T know where their list is at. Recruiting Dunks will keep young Bailey out of the midfield...he needs to be IN THERE. He can kick the footy and deliver it...It will keep Rayner out of the midfield...he NEEDS to be in there...

    They are making a mistake.
    What should I tell her? She's going to ask.

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    Re: The Dunkley trade from the Lions perspective

    Great post mjp

    You have identified quite a few Lions list problems, so a supplementary question for you.

    In my view, there is something fundamentally wrong with them but I don't know what it is. They are a flakey 3 - 6 spot team which finishes higher due to home advantage but never looks like delivering in finals to my eye.

    What is wrong with them?
    HEIGHT IS OVERRATED: CALEB DANIEL > TOM BOYD

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    Re: The Dunkley trade from the Lions perspective

    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Rot View Post
    What is wrong with them?
    They don't have a structure - forward or back - that will stand up under pressure.

    Their backline has really improved re- smalls (addition of Coleman, improvement in Starcevich and Ainsworth) but their talls are ho-hum (Gardiner) or going backwards (Andrews).

    Up front, Cameron and McCarthy are their most dangerous players so when the pressure is on they are kicking to 2x smalls (at worst) /mid-sizers (at best) depending on what your perspective is.

    Their midfield is quite literally the least of their problems now that Lyons has been moved out (too slow) and Robinson (Will Hayes with Tatts) has had his wing role taken off him. Robinson has done exceptionally well to forge his career but his last 2-3 seasons he has been a replacement level winger capable only of the skinny side role...who wants those players? No-one.
    What should I tell her? She's going to ask.

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    Re: The Dunkley trade from the Lions perspective

    Agree with lots of what you are saying but they are betting on overwhelming teams midfield and then finding just enough quality up forward at the right time of the year for lightning to strike - in effect perhaps they are trying for a bulldogs 2016 type premiership

    they have always rated hipwood and Daniher more highly than others and they will be hoping the improved defensive smalls along with Adam’s also getting a clean run at it are the keys for them - those are bigs ifs, and you are certainly pointing that out

    The Dunkley decision is interesting in light of the Lyons decision 2+years a go - he’s got a bit more pace than Lyons, more ability to play up forward, but he will take away minutes from your young players with star potential - Zac bailey in particular

    It’s a thought provoking post about a team who think they are getting a shiny new toy

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