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    Tom McDonald, Oscar McDonald, Dom Tyson, Christian Petracca, Max Gawn & Jack Watts

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    I agree with you there Wiseblood, when our midfield is doing their job, they look to hit a free target and we spread really well in waves to move the ball fluidly into the forward line. Also agree that if any player doesn't bring the intensity required than they won't play, regardless if they are our most damaging ball users or not. Really hope they rip it a part in Casey this weekend. I think one of the issues our forward line has had the last few weeks is that the delivery has been awful, like Jones blasting bypassing good short options and kicking to a 3 on 1 (against) in the square against GWS. The second issue is that our forward line hasn't put enough pressure to keep the ball in the forward half once it is won. I think that is why Goodwin is going with a shorter forward mix this week to emulate a teams like Adelaide and Richmond, whose mosquito fleet make it very hard on opposition defenses - leading to scores.

    He wasn't at training this morning. I was just hoping that he would still play, which Goody confirmed in his media conference today.

    good to hear Jeffy is just visiting WA and not out of the side. Sad reason why (taking a guess off personal reasons), hopefully the team get around him and pump us up for a big win against the Saints to keep the dream alive.

    Just came back from training. Good to see the boys work on ball movement from stoppages and coming out of the backline. I don't think I saw garlett...? Can anyone else confirm if he was there. I am hoping that was just an injury prevention thing as he is incredibly important to our forwardline mix. TMac trained as a backline player on Weids in the main session which tells me he will go back with Pederson playing forward. Pedo was doing some ruck drills with Gawn, which seems to confirm that. Doesn't say they won't mix that around depending on how we are going. Brayshaw was getting some pointers from Lewis on positioning in the backline, so see him playing half back with some time in the midfield. My guess would be that Wagner is the emergency at this stage. Also interested to see Melksham in the centre of he ground positioning himself in a tagging role on Oliver in some of the drills...could he be preparing for a Jack Stevens role this weekend. Fox Footy preview suggested we have a tagger on Jack Stevens who was well held for 3 quarters against WCE until he had 11 touches in the last and helped the saints get home. I will be interested to get some thoughts from the others who were there at training. I wasn't there the whole time so could have missed a bit.
  5. Changes vs St Kilda

    On a side note - Nice to see Gawn finally get back into some good form, Watts showed an improved endeavour in the second half. Hopefully that is the first domino off the rank to start getting the other players: Vince, Jones, Viney and Salem to start finding their pre-injury form...in Vince's case his pre-toe injury form. I like that by beating the WCE, we are only percentage out of the top 8, but it puts a lot of fire in the belly of the Saints players. They were playing hard off of the Nick Riewoldt, and hopefully with our key mids recapturing their lost form, we can get over the line this week.
  6. Changes vs St Kilda

    I agree with a few posters that with the injuries and suspensions, we haven't been able to rest players, or ease players into the squad as the coaches would have liked. In saying that, anyone else think Frost is in some horrendous form? Seeing TMac in the backline for a quarter shows his class and how much we have missed not having him back there. In: Weideman, Hannan Out: Frost, Harmes If Brayshaw is truely ready I would look to rest Petracca for Brayshaw as he looks like a man who needs a week off, carrying an injury that is reducing his effectiveness on the field. Or hopefully the 8 day break will do him wonders.
  7. Clayton Oliver incident

    AFL Match Review Panel must have looked at the vision and judged the contact as careless with low impact to the body with the sanction of receiving an apology. Bit of a joke all round. Clarry should have always received a 'slap on the wrist' for engaging the fan. Needs to mature up a bit after the drink driving, twitter war and now clash with a Carlton Fan. Keep the sledging on the field. If Clarry hadn't have reacted to the fan but only pointed him out to the security team, the fan would have been sent packing but by retaliating he unfortunately makes the would be victim into the villain.
  8. Clayton Oliver incident

    I think the MFC and Goodwin have been a bit weak in recent times towing the AFL line and being polite. Time we stood up for one of our own. If it is true that the Carton fan purposely made uninitiated contact with Clayton as the vision indicates, even discounting the abuse, he should have been ejected from the stadium. I would like the MFC to send a please explain to the MCG and the AFL. Player safety should be sacrosanct. If the general public can get away with this, what is to stop it escalating out of control!
  9. Changes v Carlton

    Agree with you DubDee. Always seem to give a hint of the selection in the Casey report. 100% depends on who they want to take out from last week. My outs would be: Viney (inj), Bugg (susp.), White, Wagner Ins: Hogan, Garlett, Kent, Maynard, (Trengove if Tyson doesn't get up) I think they put hunt back behind the ball, bring TMac back into Defense so your talls are Hogan and Pederson. I think we have performed best this season when we have had an agile forward line. Gee our back 6 would be strong with Jetta, OMac, Frost, Hunt, TMac, Hibberd

    I think Lynden Dunn should also be eligible isn't he?
  11. Tom McDonald (and Oscar) SIGNS.

    From what I have heard there have been 6 clubs hotly pursuing Tom this year. In saying that,should be hearing some good news on that front in the coming weeks. As well as Oscy
  12. On a separate note, I am quite confident Tommy will stay. Thought the contract was getting closer a month or so ago but it should still work itself out.
  13. I heard that Hurley is after pretty significant coin...just don't think he is worth approx $750k+ a season. He is a good player but not sure he is worth that. If we are going to give up a first rounder, I would prefer to trade with GWS who reportedly need to shed a minimum of 5 players and $600k from their books. For a first rounder you could pick up a couple of players like Ahern and Hoskin-Elliot. Talking potential but their ceiling is higher than Hurley/Hibberd in my opinion. If the 2017 draft is as good as the hype then I would be pretty hesitant to part with it. Really tough one, but the club is in a great place where they don't have to make any rash moves to fix the list.

    That is why is would more likely be us giving pick 6, stk 2nd (freeman), pie's 2nd and for bugg, 7 and 8. Essendon won't give up their first rounder in the trade. The beauty is that the gws pick will be used on an academy player which we wouldn't be able to select anyway...so in essence pick 7 in this scenario has the same 'value to the dees pick 6.
  15. Trade Radio Discussion

    I agree with you that free agnecy should be like it is in the nba and if a player is out of contract than they are a free agent able to sign with any list. Still have restricted free agency. The way this works so well in the US is that once in contract, that player can be shipped out without permission. No picking out a club when it is trade time. NBA also sets a max contract and gives the team that owns the player the ability to sign them for more than the competition... NBA system should be what they look at, other than the lottery system. Players need to give something to lower the age of free agency. Right now it is a half baked version.