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    Biggest Draft Steals

    Don't think you can qualify as a steal until you have played at least 100 games so the jury is still out on ANB, VDB and Hunt. Darren Jolly & Stef Martin were very low picks unfortunately we were not smart enough to realise their potential ditto Nathan Basset. Jeremy Howe another one. ,
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    Nice touch but I take issue with your comment that "that the club was regularly accused of tanking its matches" that's just not right. I thought it was one game only.
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    2018 Player Reviews: # 20 Corey Maynard

    Very lucky not to be delisted. Lots of G&D but one dimensional 27 years old & has played 1 game & can only play midfield.
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    The Harley Bennell Thread

    Strong core group ??? Sorry you are delusional. You can maybe claim to have a strong core group when you have a few flags like Geelong or Hawthorn or perhaps make the finals for 10 years consecutively like the Swans. We have a bunch of kids learning the ropes who have just played in their first ever finals series & are trying to develop into a strong core group. The last thing they need is a Mitch Clark, Fevola, Harry Lumumba or Harley Bennell. I know know the urge to fix up the "flawed genius" can be irresistible but it usually ends in tears. Leave it alone - in fact run as fast as you can from the temptation.
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    The Harley Bennell Thread

    Mate you seem obsessed or maybe seduced by flashy players who have a history of "problems". These players should be avoided like the plague - keep them away from our club - we have just become competitive after a decade of being a laughing stock. Ross Lyon has form on this - he got rid of Luke Ball and traded in Andrew Lovett - that worked well didn't it ? Then he tried Col Silvia and then Bennell - all major fails. Don't be sucked in by talent - if a player lacks integrity or is a serial prat keep well away.
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    The Harley Bennell Thread

    Brilliant idea. Sign up Bennell & Re rookie Sylvia.
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    2018 Player Reviews: # 24 Jay Kennedy Harris

    Very lucky boy compared to Bugg & Pedersen. Was disappointing when given senior games. Is ok when he gets the ball with time & space but is very poor in traffic & fails to take half chances. In the VFL Grand Final was brilliant in the first quarter then completely disappeared as Box Hill slowly got on top so I reckon he is extremely lucky to get another deal.
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    2018 Player Reviews: # 28 Oscar McDonald

    Still not convinced about Oscar. Can't be relied on against a quality forward unless he has help. Had a dreadful patch in the mid year when he got towelled up by Cox, Schache, McCartin & Hawkins.
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    2018 Player Reviews: # 38 Tim Smith

    Can't believe they let Pedersen go & kept this bloke. Pedo is way better.
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    2018 Player Reviews: # 30 Alex Neal-Bullen

    Love his endeavour & tenacity. Really a mid fielder masquerading as a forward. I doubt that he has the leg speed or skills to be a long term forward option so he needs to cent a spot as an onballer. Reminds me of Stephen Newport or Simon Godfrey.
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    2018 Player Reviews: # 32 Tomas Bugg

    Treated poorly by the Brains Trust. The Lynden Dunn of 2018. Dropped early on then unlike JKH, Garlett & others never given a second opportunity. Could have been tried as a tagger, defender or wing. Unlucky for mine & a better player than some still at the Club.
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    The Michael Barlow Thread

    This is the silliest thread of the silly season so far.
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    2018 Player Reviews: # 42 Josh Wagner

    A totally beige player. Usually reasonable performer but really needs to step up if he wants to have a career at Melbourne. Would help he he added some aggression to his game.
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    Tom Bugg gone

    Wasn't the hit on Mills it was the fact that his disposal by foot could be terrible at times - it just was not up to AFL standard.
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    Goodwin deserves more credit

    He's getting plenty of credit in the media. I think he has done some great things & other things very poorly. Development of ANB & Harmes has been brilliant. Failure to promote Frost for so long was very poor. Failure to match up 6+6+6 ie allowing opposition to play a loose man in defence cost us games. Coaching against St Kilda was woeful & cost us the match.