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2018 Player Reviews: # 16 Dean Kent

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UNLUCKY KENT  

Kent's season was once again blighted by injuries that came at the wrong time for him. He suffered hamstring injury early in the ANZAC Eve game against the Tigers and later damaged an AC joint in Round 23 that kept him out of the finals. He was good around goals in his five games this year at Melbourne but he is now bound for St Kilda.  

Date of Birth: 24 February, 1994  

Height: 179cm  

Weight: 84kg  

Games MFC 2018: 5  

Career Total: 63  

Goals MFC 2018: 7  

Career Total: 63  

CDFC Games 2018: 5  

CDFC Goals 2018: 3  

Votes 2018 Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy: 55 votes   

 

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Had a massive soft spot for Kent. A real dynamic player with his pace and accuracy in front of goal, especially his set shots. 

We were crying out to see him out there more. Especially early in the Roos tenure when he looked like a shining light for the future. Whenever he was on the brink of continuity he'd have an injury setback. Hammies were suspect.

Gave us the swansong of a lifetime though, I know I'll never forget it. 

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Injuries cruelled him again he can never get a clear run at it. Now he's off to St.Kilda.

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In the first year of Roos' reign, I felt that Kent was the best of our young guns. He's still on the list, and that says a lot. I hope he stays. But if he goes, it's not cause he's a bad footballer that's for sure; if he were he would have left some time (anytime) in the last 5 years.

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I've got mixed feelings about Kent. He is another who can be awesome when he is on, but goes missing when he is not. It is easy to forget that he has been dropped as many times as he has been injured. 

He has been in the system too long to believe that this pattern is going to stop due to a more mature body or more experience. As much as I love what he brings when he is in form, ultimately I think trading him to the saints is the right move. The long term deal gives him and his family some certainty and we can use the spot to develop another player. 

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