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  1. A F

    2019 Free Agents

    I'd argue we got May as a result of FA. As @Fifty-5 says above, clubs are trading players before they get to FA status. May is certainly partly in this boat.
  2. A F

    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    Hang on. Not shooting you down here, Moonman, but Jesse "never felt fully accepted" at Melbourne? Surely not. And if there is even a skerric of truth in it, I wonder if it might have been because he never committed long-term?
  3. A F

    2019 Ladder Predictions

    I've never tried one of these, but here goes... 1. West Coast 2. Richmond 3. Melbourne 4. Essendon 5. Collingwood 6. GWS 7. Hawthorn 8. Adelaide 9. Port Adelaide 10. Sydney 11. North Melbourne 12. Geelong 13. St Kilda 14. Brisbane 15. Fremantle 16. Bulldogs 17. Carlton 18. Gold Coast I reckon Essendon are going to do a lot of damage next year and I think Sydney, despite their record, will take a tumble.
  4. It's incredible how many left footers we have in the likely 22 now. I remember when we used to lament our lack of left footers and how this often gave Hawthorn an advantage. May, Salem, Lewis, Viney, KK, Hibberd, Hannan and Fritsch, with Wagner on the outside of the 22. Eight out of 22 is the second most in the comp, alongside North, who just traded in three and the Bulldogs, who traded in one. Amazingly, it's St Kilda who now lead the comp with nine (having traded in two this off season). The next closest is Hawthorn (who also added two left footers in Scully and WIngard) and Collingwood with 7 too.
  5. Obviously, the FD would have preferred to keep Jesse and extend his contract long-term, so there'll be a certain amount of testing the waters next year to strike the right combination. Jesse's incredible ability to come straight in and perform from day-dot is rare and it's taken Weideman a little longer. The beauty of having Jesse on the list (aside from the obvious reasons) is he protected Weideman's development. Now Sammy will have to take that step up next year. The spotlight is firmly focused on him. That does make some players, let's hope he can build on his form in front of two successive 90,000+ crowds in big pressure finals, but there's certainly a possibility he might still be a year or two off. I just think it's important to remember as supporters that I'm sure in a perfect world, our list management team would have Jesse lining up next year in the red and blue, but that's not the case, so we work with what we have. Fortunately, we do have cover for his position.
  6. Won't make it. Bookmark it. Same as Frost. Got no game sense. Is hard at it, but a liability by foot and his decision making is so-so.
  7. I reckon the idea of putting May forward is akin to putting Tom McDonald back. It's not going to happen. Particularly, as we've just paid an early first rounder for him to strengthen our defence. He's a better player than OMac or Frost, so he's already in before them.
  8. Helps when you're on the good stuff, mate.
  9. Wowza. Look at the leaderboard. Lynch at Richmond, KK and May at Melbourne, Dixon at Port, Hall at North, Saad at Essendon, Ablett at Geelong and Matera at Freo. Two players from the top 10 left. Crazy list changes. Just shows you, doesn't matter about having all the talent in the world, if your coaching, development and game plan is no good and your culture is putrid, nothing good will come of it.
  10. A F

    PICKS # 23 & 28

    Surely, they wouldn't give up Billings for a pick 28. And Gresham is the guy that I'd be targeting (even less likely, I know). He would compliment our forwardline perfectly. Alongside Petracca, Spargo, TMac, Weid and a resting ruck, that's a scary forwardline. It'd be cheeky, but I wouldn't mind us offering up both picks in the twenties for Gresham. Fills that small forward need and can also roll through the midfield, maybe on a wing.
  11. I think that's the likely match up. But this time, we'll have Lever and May able to drift across in front of Cox. It's a tough one who I'd go for between Oscar or Frost on Cox.
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    Dylan Shiel

    With SOS at the helm, if I were Carlton, I'd be trading that pick 1 for Shiel, so that dill doesn't stuff up another early pick. And then I'd be firing SOS.
  13. For the next two years it's Frost vs Oscar vs Smith. Petty will start to come into the conversation all being well in 2020-2021.
  14. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 With a stronger defensive group built over the past 3 years, we've now got an ability to be more offensive and play Salem and even Kolodjashnij back there. I'm sure it's a bit of a dream for Goody. We've assembled a formidable group back there now. Obviously, Frost vs Oscar for the extra KPB spot where required too - clearly the weak link, but David Astbury played in a premiership. Injuries permitting, we've strengthened our defence better than any other team in the comp over a 3 year period.
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    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    A very talented player no doubt, but his lack of chase and tackling pressure was completely at odds with the brand Goodwin has been developing since he took the reigns.
  16. A F

    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    Gee, I'm glad we've got some thoughtful posters in here, amongst all the hysterics.
  17. A F

    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    I'm happy with the deal and Hogan is now the enemy.
  18. A F

    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    It's over, mate. He's gone. He'll be a Docker tonight. (speculation...)
  19. A F

    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    I'd like them both. I'm still intrigued about the request to trade our 2019 first rounder. Will we try and package this in a deal with Freo or Gold Coast or another club?
  20. A F

    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    I hope we go after Cerra next year and I hope we're in his ear this year. Just as they've been in Hogan's since he was 17.
  21. A F

    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    Ideally, we'd be paying under market value for May's contract given we're helping him out of the GCS disaster and giving him a shot at a premiership(s). That is what being a destination club is. I'd hope that Hogan is the only player we've got on significantly larger money and it sounds like Lever was up there too, but my main concern is holding onto our core midfield group in Oliver, Brayshaw, Gawn, Viney, Harmes and Petracca. I'd hope therefore that a number of our players would take slightly under market value to stay together.
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    Would we take $cully back?

    Spot on. Ridiculous commentary around this. People need to grow up a little bit. He fills a need, just like Lever, just like May, just like KK. Sounds like he's just about over the line at Hawthorn, but I'm glad our FD clearly realise we need to move on and get to winning flags, instead of being too proud to address such a blatantly obvious need.
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    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    I'm a novice when it comes to the points system, but would picks 23 and 30 equate to a top 20 pick? And if we traded 5 for May and KK, would packaging 23, 30 and 36 get us a pick between 10-15?
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    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    And it sounded just as ridiculous then, as it does now. Amateur hour, indeed. No one was falling for that, save one or two Demonlanders and a few mugs in the press.