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  1. ChaserJ

    Jack Billings

    Was a good kick for goal as a junior, don't quite know what's gone on at St Kilda. Could give us more outside run through the midfield & his field kicking is still good. Would be funny if we used Tyson in a trade to finally get him, think we could get more out of him than St Kilda has. Had quite a good year in 2017 and was probably their best against us in Rd 21. Can imagine if Taylor & Viney believe in him as a player chances are we've already picked up the phone.
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    Ed Langdon

    Most noteworthy are Dylan Shiel, Stephen Coniglio, Nick Haynes, Steven May, Lachie Neale & Robbie Gray who are all RFA's. Jack Martin also comes out of contract, but would be a year short of free agency under current rules. Would love the club to have a crack at bringing him to Melbourne.
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    Go and get Gaff!

    True, and he wasn't pleased with us over the Watts trade last year, but Connors is a pro and speaks highly of our list and direction. We are almost a completely different club to the one Juddy visited in '07.
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    Ed Langdon

    We loved Jake in his draft year, and clearly we didn't lose his number after the Crows drafted him. I like how our recruiting team maintain contact with these guys even if they end up elsewhere. Shows the importance in building and maintaining relationships.
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    Ed Langdon

    Had hoped we might grab him in his draft year, but Oscar ended up still being on the board at pick 53 (Oscar was potentially a 2nd rounder, thought that the Bulldogs might grab him earlier). Can't really fault our selections in 2014, but sounds like Taylor really liked Langdon as well. A small forward who was projected to move into midfield, looks like he's developing into the player we hoped JKH might become http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-11-12/meet-ed-langdon
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    Over at the Doggies supporter forum . . .

    Also think there was a real blend of experience and youth in that particular team. With Matthew Boyd retiring and Morris having numerous injury issues nearing the end and a couple of other important departures (Hamling, Stringer) , they largely have the youth, but nowhere near the experience of the 2016 list. They seem to have fallen pretty hard and their list moves since 2016 haven't worked tremendously well. Cloke was a swing and miss and I'm not sure Tom Boyd and Schache will work well in the same team. There's still a long way to go before we can judge whether either will even make it, and both cost valuable assets to acquire (although Boyd has his place in Bulldog lore secure regardless). Wonder just how much the Jason McCartney/Dalrymple schism hurt the Dogs list management post premiership.
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    The Incredible Hulk - Jesse Hogan

    And his kicking (both field and shooting for goal) has been exceptional. Becoming a wonderful player.
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    Jake Melksham

    When you consider we gave up pick 25 (which became pick 30 after Academy bid matching), we've done well out of this trade. BTW pick 30 ended up being Mason Redman. Harley Balic was still on the board and may have been our selection if we didn;t trade pick 25. All worked out in the end:
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    Jake Melksham

    Melksham’s an interesting one. Looked like such a talent for Calder in 2009. He had a ripper GF, showing a bit of toe and a long, accurate kick. Not sure exactly what happened after he got drafted, but didn’t really see a lot of his best traits for almost his entire run at Essendon, and his under 18 form started to look like an outlier rather than the norm. Not sure if it’s the change of environment, change of role or just maturity, but Melksham’s looking more and more like the player that was drafted at pick 10 in 2009. Where he wasn’t able to find a place as a midfielder, or back flanker (which is what we brought him into be), he’s really clicked as a medium forward. Bit of credit due to the coaching team to trying him there to see how he would perform in that role, and plenty of credit to him for embracing all aspects. His decision making has been on point, defensive accountability very impressive and his delivery into the fwd 50 has just been elite.
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    Inside Football - Gone

    I was a regular reader. Lot's of very good analysis and the annual draft special was a must read for draft geeks like me. Unfortunately IF gone the way of much of quality print media. Likely Hutchy's call, but writing was probably on the wall already.
  11. Bucky's thoughts from the Hun: BUCKENARA SAYS: In my Melbourne list analysis column for the Herald Sun during the trade period I wrote the Demons needed a small forward to help Jeff Garlett and they’ve got that in Charlie Spargo. He can play through the midfield but I think his position at AFL level will be as a small forward who loves to tackle and pressure the opposition. I really like the selection of Harrison Petty. I had him rated at 22 in my top 50 so to get a potential key defender of his quality at 37 great value. He reads the ball really well in flight. The Demons have a bit of a history of taking mature-age players out of second-tier competitions and they’ve done it again with Bayley Fritsch who kicked 42 goals for Casey this year. Melbourne also need some more outside pace and they get that with Oskar Baker. THE VERDICT: Melbourne came into the draft last at pick No.29 but would have walked away pretty happy. They’ve addressed list needs so that’s a tick from me.
  12. It's been well documented that Spargo missed most of this year after dislocating his shoulder twice. He did have a very good bottom age year (when it was still expected that he would get to GWS as part of their academy), and if anyone's interested in seeing Charlie in action, the 2016 TAC Cup GF is on Youtube here: He was one of Murray's best in the loss to Sandy (featuring at least 4 2016 first round picks + Andrew Brayshaw), from recollection he had 20 touches to half time. Edit: Match also features our rookie ruckman Lachie Filipovic.
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    WELCOME TO THE MELBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB - HARRISON PETTY

    Have seen him play a couple of times and his marking and judgement of the ball in flight stood out. Was highly competitive too. Caught the eye as a key back, even while I was watching out for mids & fwds (I figured we were more or less stocked in that area). Perhaps we're also covering the spread with both McDonalds OOC at the end of next season.
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    Guide to the Draft

    Cal Twomey's late mail has us taking Ling at 30: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-23/cal-twomeys-late-mail-topfive-draft-bolter
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    SSM postal vote

    No denying that White Australia is a stain on our history that Labor has to own responsibility for, but they hardly represent the conservative side of politics. Still view Turnbull as a centrist in a party that's moved right at a surprising rate.
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